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)