Accession Number:

ADA160489

Title:

Nitric Oxide and Nitrogen Dioxide Content of Whole Air Samples Obtained at Altitudes from 12 to 30 km,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE GEOPHYSICS LAB HANSCOM AFB MA

Report Date:

1985-08-20

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

Whole air samples were obtained in the stratosphere using a liquid helium-cooled cryosampler mounted on a balloon platform. Approximately 1 g mol of sample was obtained at each of three altitudes per balloon flight and was maintained at 4 K until desorption just prior to analysis. Samples were obtained at six altitudes ranging from 12 to 30 km and at five latitudes from 9 deg to 64 deg N. Nitric oxide and the sum of nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide content of the samples were determined using two chemiluminescence analyzers. Results from flights conducted between 1977 and 1981 are correlated with atmospheric motions and other significant variables and evaluated in terms of both one- and two-dimensional models of the stratosphere.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE