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Determination of the rate coefficient for the N2/+/ + O reaction in the ionosphereUsing approximately 400 simultaneous measurements of ion and neutral densities and temperatures, and the spectrum of the solar flux measured by the Atmosphere Explorer C satellite, we have determined the rate constant k1 for the reaction between N2(+) and O in the ionosphere for ion temperatures between 600 and 700 K. We find that k1 = 1.1 x 10 to the minus 10th power cu cm per sec, with a standard deviation of + or - 15%. If we use the temperature dependence for this reaction determined in the laboratory then at 300 K we find excellent agreement with the recommended laboratory value.
Document ID
19770048548
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Torr, D. G. (Michigan Univ. Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Torr, M. R. (Michigan, University Ann Arbor, Mich.; Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; South African Council for Scientific and Industr, United States)
Orsini, N. (Michigan, University Ann Arbor, Mich., United States)
Hanson, W. B. (Michigan Univ. Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Hoffman, J. H. (Texas, University Richardson, Tex., United States)
Walker, J. C. G. (National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center Arecibo, P.R., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1977
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 82
Subject Category
GEOPHYSICS
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS5-20705
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS5-23006
Distribution Limits
Public
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