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Production of odd nitrogen in the stratosphere and mesosphere - An intercomparison of source strengthsGalactic cosmic rays (GCRs), nuclear explosions, lightning, solar proton events (SPEs), relativistic electron precipitation, and meteors are related to the oxidation of nitrous oxide by comparing several sources of odd nitrogen (ON) in the stratosphere and mesosphere. Published O3 and N2O data show that ON produced by the reaction of O(1D) with N2O peaks between 25 and 35 km; the GCRs add approximately the same amount of ON as N2O oxidation at the solar minimum for geographic latitudes over 50 deg. Nuclear explosions in 1961-1962 added 1.1 and 2.2 x 10 to the 34th NO molecules each, and SPEs produced greater amounts of ON above 50 deg than N2O oxidation during 1958 through 1960, and in 1972.
Document ID
19810033768
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Jackman, C. H. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Frederick, J. E. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Stolarski, R. S. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Laboratory for Planetary Atmospheres, Greenbelt, Md., United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
December 20, 1980
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 85
Subject Category
GEOPHYSICS
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other