Accession Number:

ADA156349

Title:

A Study of the Chemistry of Alkali Metals in the Upper Atmosphere

Descriptive Note:

Scientific rept.

Corporate Author:

AERODYNE RESEARCH INC BILLERICA MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

71.0

Abstract:

The reactions of metallic species introduced into the atmosphere by meteor ablation may play a significant role in mesospheric and stratospheric chemistry. During this second year of a three year program to investigate these phenomena, we have completed measurements for the reactions of atomic sodium with ozone, and of NaO with ozone. Preliminary measurements of the rate constant for the reaction of NaO2 HCl have been done, as well as an initial photodissociation cross section determination for NaCl at 193 nm. We have also begun to investigate the means by which neutral gas phase alkali species may be removed from the mesosphere and stratosphere. Originator supplied keywords include reaction rates, atomic sodium, mesospheric chemistry, stratospheric chemistry, diffusion, sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, ozone.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE