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The reaction of N/2D/ with O2 as a source of O/1D/ atoms in auroraeThe source of O(1D) atoms in the auroral ionosphere is investigated using sounding rocket data. Previously, it has been shown that the conventional sources of O(1D) atoms in the aurora, dissociative recombination of O2(plus) and electron impact excitation of atomic oxygen, fail to explain the measured 6300 A volume emission rate profile. It is suggested that the atom-atom interchange reaction of N(2D) with O2 can be the major source of auroral 6300 A emission if O(1D) is created with high efficiency.
Document ID
19790033924
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Rusch, D. W. (Michigan Univ. Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Sharp, W. E. (Michigan, University Ann Arbor, Mich., United States)
Gerard, J.-C. (Michigan, University Ann Arbor, Mich.; Liege, Universite, Institut d'Astrophysique, Cointe-Ougree, Belgium)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1978
Publication Information
Publication: Geophysical Research Letters
Volume: 5
Subject Category
GEOPHYSICS
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGR-23-005-360
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSG-5171
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS5-23006
Distribution Limits
Public
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