Accession Number : ADA081445


Title :   Measurement of Neutral Temperature in the 120-180 Km Region of the Atmosphere Following TMA Releases from a Rocket.


Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 17 Jan 77-17 Aug 78,


Corporate Author : LOWELL UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION MA


Personal Author(s) : Kitrosser,David F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a081445.pdf


Report Date : May 1979


Pagination or Media Count : 75


Abstract : Atmospheric temperature measurement at approximately 160 km altitude over White Sands Missile Range on 24 September 1977 were made by the AlO sunlit resonance fluorescence technique. A rocket borne payload released trimethyl aluminum (TMA) in one large cloud at morning twilight. Twelve minutes of data were used to calculate temperatures at the top of the cloud averaging 628 K and at bottom averaging 578 K. The standard deviation of any one measurement involving typically 40 seconds of data was generally between 5 and 11 K. Included in this report is the most detailed description to date of the procedures and statistical background underlying the 'AlO Temperature' technique developed by the author over the last eleven years. (Author)


Descriptors :   *MEASUREMENT , *ALUMINUM COMPOUNDS , *PLUMES , *ROCKETS , *UPPER ATMOSPHERE , *ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY , CLOUDS , EXPERIMENTAL DATA , FLUORESCENCE , METHYL RADICALS , MOLECULAR VIBRATION , ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE , SPECTRA , HIGH ALTITUDE , MOLECULAR ROTATION , STATISTICAL ANALYSIS , GUIDED MISSILE RANGES , SPECTROMETERS , RESONANCE ABSORPTION


Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE