Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 301–317 | Cite as

A laboratory study of the mechanism of the oxygen airglow

  • J. A. Steadman
  • B. A. Thrush


Further laboratory studies of emission by O(1S) and by O2A3Σ u + ,A3Δ u andc1Σ u in the oxygen afterglow lead to the conclusion that Barth's mechanism for the excitation of the auroral green line O 2 * +O(3P=O2+O(1S)−(1) is correct and that levelsv=6 and 7 of O2A3Σ u + are Barth precursors. The value ofk1=7×10−11 cm3 s−1 deduced for these levels is shown to be in fair agreement with atmospheric measurements.

Key words

Airglow excited oxygen chemiluminescence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Steadman
    • 1
  • B. A. Thrush
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeU.K.

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