Reaction of CH2 with O-Atoms: A Source for CO-Chemiluminescence
ENGINEERING RESEARCH AND CONSULTING INCEDWARDS AFB CA
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The interactions of carbonaceous combustion species in rocket plumes with the atmosphere are thought to play an important role in the production of ultraviolet, visible, and infrared radiation signatures at high altitudes. A detailed understanding of the pertinent chemical reactions that produce the electronically excited species, and of the competing quenching reactions that remove the internal energy in radiation-less processes is needed to accurately calculate plume spectral signatures and absolute radiances in the short wavelength region, and their temporalspatial evolution in the high atmosphere. To facilitate these efforts, we are currently carrying Out laboratory investigations to elucidate the reaction mechanisms in the oxidation of CH, CH2, C2H, and C2O with O-atoms and O2.
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Radiation and Nuclear Chemistry