Articles | Volume 20, issue 4
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 2221–2261, 2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 2221–2261, 2020

Research article 26 Feb 2020

Research article | 26 Feb 2020

Photochemical modeling of molecular and atomic oxygen based on multiple nightglow emissions measured in situ during the Energy Transfer in the Oxygen Nightglow rocket campaign

Olexandr Lednyts'kyy and Christian von Savigny

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Atomic oxygen is a chemically active trace gas and a critical component of the energy balance of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT). By sequentially applying continuity equations of low degree, a new model representing the airglow and photochemistry of oxygen in the MLT is implemented, enabling comparisons with airglow observations at each step. The most effective data sets required to derive the abundance of atomic oxygen are the O2 atmospheric band emission, temperature, N2 and O2.
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