Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Technical note
17 Feb 2015
Technical note |  | 17 Feb 2015

Technical Note: On the possibly missing mechanism of 15 μm emission in the mesosphere–lower thermosphere (MLT)

R. D. Sharma


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AR by Ramesh Sharma on behalf of the Authors (09 Dec 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Dec 2014) by Franz-Josef Lübken
RR by Artem Feofilov (21 Dec 2014)
RR by Manuel López-Puertas (22 Dec 2014)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Dec 2014) by Franz-Josef Lübken
AR by Ramesh Sharma on behalf of the Authors (05 Jan 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
This paper investigates the discrepancy between the rate coefficients for the deactivation of the bending mode of CO2 by atomic oxygen, a process of great importance in the energy budget of the mesosphere and the lower thermosphere, measured in the laboratory and arrived at by space-based measurements. It is concluded that super-thermal rotational levels of N2, produced by the impact of hot O atoms or by N + NO reaction, have the potential to provide the unknown mechanism.
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