Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-1661-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-1661-2015
Technical note
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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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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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