IONOSPHERIC PROCESSES AND NITRIC OXIDE
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK IONOSPHERE RESEARCH LAB
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Analysis of ionic processes in the ionosphere leads to the conclusion that nitric oxide and its ion are produced by a reaction between nitrogen molecules and molecular oxygen ions. Such a process implies a substantial increase of nitric oxide in the E layer to a value greater than the photochemical concentration. In the lower D region, N2 and O2 ions produced by cosmic rays are transformed into NO ions. A quantitative estimate shows that these conclusions are consistent with observational data in the chemosphere and ionosphere and also suggests the explanation of the night airglow continuum.
- Atmospheric Physics