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Laser Physics

, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp 835–841 | Cite as

Superluminescence of atomic oxygen in the upper atmosphere

  • A. R. Aramyan
  • G. A. GalechyanEmail author
  • G. G. Harutyunyan
Gas Lasers

Abstract

It is demonstrated that the radiation of red sprites and blue jets formed in the upper atmosphere is due to the superluminescence of highly excited atomic oxygen induced by an acoustic wave. The field observations of the effect of acoustic waves on the atmosphere are presented. The responses that represent high-frequency electromagnetic and optical pulses are obtained. The laboratory experimental study of the gas discharge is performed to simulate the processes in the upper atmosphere.

PACS numbers

42.55.-f 52.20.Hv 52.75.-d 52.80.-s 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. Aramyan
    • 1
  • G. A. Galechyan
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. G. Harutyunyan
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Applied Physical ProblemsNational Academy of Sciences of ArmeniaYerevanArmenia

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