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Self-absorption theory applied to rocket measurements of the nitric oxide (1, 0) gamma band in the daytime thermosphereObservations of the UV fluorescent emissions of the NO (1, 0) and (0, 1) gamma bands in the lower-thermospheric dayglow, made with a sounding rocket launched on March 7, 1989 from Poker Flat, Alaska, were analyzed. The resonant (1, 0) gamma band was found to be attenuated below an altitude of about 120 km. A self-absorption model based on Holstein transmission functions was developed for the resonant (1, 0) gamma band under varying conditions of slant column density and temperature and was applied for the conditions of the rocket flight. The results of the model agreed with the measured attenuation of the band, indicating the necessity of including self-absorption theory in the analysis of satellite and rocket limb data of NO.
Document ID
19920072484
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Eparvier, F. G. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Barth, C. A. (Colorado, University Boulder, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 97
Issue: A9 S
ISSN: 0148-0227
Subject Category
GEOPHYSICS
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSG-5103
Distribution Limits
Public
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