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  • Vol. 3, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1964
  • pp: 167–174

Optics of the Upper Atmosphere

D. M. Hunten  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp. 167-174 (1964)

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Present knowledge of the upper atmosphere is reviewed, and the various absorption and emission phenomena are discussed. Topics included are: chemical composition, ionization, temperatures, aurora, night airglow, and twilight and day airglow. A short bibliography lists the standard reference works on this material.

© 1964 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 10, 1963
Published: February 1, 1964

D. M. Hunten, "Optics of the Upper Atmosphere," Appl. Opt. 3, 167-174 (1964)

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  2. J. W. Chamberlain, Physics of the Aurora and Airglow (Academic Press, New York, 1961).
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