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The O(<sup>1</sup>S) dayglow emission as observed by the WIND imaging interferometer on the UARS


Title (Dublin Core)

The O(<sup>1</sup>S) dayglow emission as observed by the WIND imaging interferometer on the UARS

Description (Dublin Core)

Volume emission rate profiles of the O(<sup>1</sup>D-<sup>1</sup>S)
5577 Å dayglow measured by the WIND imaging interferometer on the Upper
Atmosphere Research Satellite are analyzed to examine the O(<sup>1</sup>S)
excitation mechanisms in the sunlit lower thermosphere and upper mesosphere. The
observed emission profiles are compared with theoretical profiles calculated
using a model which takes into account all of the known daytime sources of O(<sup>1</sup>S).
These include photoelectron impact on atomic oxygen, dissociative recombination
of O<sup>+</sup><sub>2</sub>, photodissociation of molecular oxygen, energy
transfer from metastable N<sub>2</sub>(<i>A</i><sup>3</sup>&#x03A3;<sup>+</sup><i><sub>u</sub></i>)
and three body recombination of atomic oxygen. Throughout most of the
thermosphere the measured and modelled emission rates are in reasonably good
agreement, given the limitations of the model, but in the region below 100 km,
where the oxygen atom recombination source is likely to dominate, the measured
emission rates are considerably larger than those modelled using the MSIS-90
oxygen atom densities. This discrepancy is discussed in terms of possible
inadequacies in the MSIS-90 model atmosphere and/or additional sources of O(<sup>1</sup>S)
at low altitude.

Creator (Dublin Core)

V. Singh
I. C. McDade
G. G. Shepherd
B. H. Solheim
W. E. Ward

Subject (Dublin Core)

Geophysics. Cosmic physics

Publisher (Dublin Core)

Copernicus Publications

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Source (Dublin Core)

Annales Geophysicae, Vol 14, Pp 637-646 (1996)

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Provenance (Dublin Core)

Journal Licence: CC BY