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Observation of night OH in the mesosphere

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dc.contributor.author Pickett, H. M.
dc.contributor.author Read, W. G.
dc.contributor.author Lee, K. K.
dc.contributor.author Yung, Y. L.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-16T22:17:56Z
dc.date.available 2007-08-16T22:17:56Z
dc.date.issued 2006-10-06
dc.identifier.citation Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 33, L19808, doi:10.1029/2006GL026910, 2006 en
dc.identifier.clearanceno 06-1529
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/40381
dc.description.abstract Satellite measurements from the Aura MLS instrument show a layer of OH near 82 km in the night. This layer confirms earlier measurements by ground-based LIDAR. The MLS and LIDAR observations measure OH in the lowest vibrational state and are distinct, but related chemically, from vibrationally-excited emission from the OH Meinel bands in the near infrared. The Caltech 1-D model has been extended to include vibrational dependence of OH reactions and shows good agreement with MLS OH data and with observations of the Meinel bands. The model shows a chemical lifetime of HOx that increases from less than a day at 80 km to over a month at 87 km. Above this altitude transport processes become an important part of HOx chemistry. The model predicts that ground state OH represents 99% of the total OH up to 84 km. en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
dc.format.extent 886391 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher American Geophysical Union en
dc.subject photochemical properties en
dc.subject airglow en
dc.subject hydroxyl en
dc.subject chemical kinetics en
dc.subject middle atmosphere en
dc.subject Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS)
dc.title Observation of night OH in the mesosphere en
dc.type Article en


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