A THEORY OF THE AURORAL AFTERGLOW OF NITROGEN.
Physical sciences research papers no. 323,
AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS
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An attempt is made to explain the auroral afterglow or short-duration afterglow of nitrogen, discovered in 1932 by Kaplan, in terms of well established processes. In this afterglow, N2 bands are excited together with bands of neutral N2 molecules, which show energies far exceeding the limit evident in the well known long-duration afterglow Lewis-Rayleigh afterglow. This limit is given by the energy of recombining N atoms, 9.76 eV. Author
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