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measurement of trace stratospheric constituents with a balloon borne laser radarThe objective of this research was to measure the concentration of the stratospheric hydroxyl radical and related chemical species as a function of altitude, season, and time of day. Although hydroxyl plays a very important role in the chemistry controlling stratospheric ozone, little is known about its behavior because it has been a difficult species to measure. The instrument employed in this program was a laser radar, employing the technique of remote laser induced fluorescence. This instrument offers a number of attractive features including extreme specificity and sensitivity, a straightforward relationship between observed quantity and the desired concentration, and immunity to self-contamination.
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Heaps, William S.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Mcgee, Thomas J.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Washington, NASA Upper Atmosphere Research Program: Research Summaries 1988-1989
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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