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Atomic Physics in the Upper Atmosphere

  • Eldon E. Ferguson
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Abstract

The irradiation of a planetary atmosphere by solar ultraviolet light initiates a wide variety of atomic and molecular processes which lead to a multitude of observable atmospheric properties. The branch of geophysics which attempts to arrive at an understanding of this complex situation is called aeronomy. The processes initiated by radiation are fairly obvious; molecules are vibrationally and electronically excited, dissociated, and ionized. A variety of radiative and collisional processes then control the energy degradation of the ions, electrons, and neutrals, and a variety of reaction processes control the ion and neutral composition.

Keywords

Electron Affinity Atomic Physic Dissociative Recombination Recombination Coefficient Neutral Constituent 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eldon E. Ferguson
    • 1
  1. 1.NOAA Environmental Research LaboratoriesBoulderUSA

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