Kinetic Parameters for OH Nightglow Modeling Consistent with Recent Laboratory Measurements
SPECTRAL SCIENCES INC BURLINGTON MA
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An improved kinetic model for the Meinel bands of OH has been constructed from rate constants and Einstein A coefficients derived in recent laboratory experiments. Using a semiempirical parameterization of the state-to-state rate constants for OHv quenching by O2, the absolute OHv nightglow radiances are modeled to within the accuracies of the atmospheric constituent concentrations and the radiometric calibrations. Collisional quenching is found to be predominantly multiquantum at high v but single-quantum at low v.
- Physical Chemistry
- Atmospheric Physics
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy