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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1981
  • pp: 3314–3317

Nonthermal line profiles from O(1S) in the thermospheric nightglow

T. L. Killeen and P. B. Hays  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 19, pp. 3314-3317 (1981)

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Generalized composite nonthermal line profiles are calculated for the thermospheric nighttime emission from O(1S) metastable atoms based on an extension to the simple relaxation model of Hays and Walker. It is shown that the Dynamics Explorer Fabry-Perot interferometer will enable accurate values to be obtained for the branching ratio of the O(1S) production reaction and for the excitation exchange collision frequency.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 29, 1981
Published: October 1, 1981

T. L. Killeen and P. B. Hays, "Nonthermal line profiles from O(1S) in the thermospheric nightglow," Appl. Opt. 20, 3314-3317 (1981)

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