Articles | Volume 17, issue 16
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 9751–9760, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-9751-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 9751–9760, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-9751-2017

Research article 18 Aug 2017

Research article | 18 Aug 2017

Resolving the mesospheric nighttime 4.3 µm emission puzzle: comparison of the CO2(ν3) and OH(ν) emission models

Peter A. Panka et al.

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Results of non-LTE model calculations for nighttime OH and CO2 P. A. Panka and A. A. Kutepov https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/Q82VD

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Recently, theoretical and laboratory studies have suggested an additional nighttime channel of transfer of vibrational energy of OH molecules to CO2 in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT). We show that new mechanism brings modelled 4.3 μm emissions very close to the SABER/TIMED measurements. This renders new opportunities for the application of the CO2 4.3 μm observations in the study of the energetics and dynamics of the nighttime MLT.
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