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Atomic oxygen in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere measured by terahertz heterodyne spectroscopy

  • Atomic oxygen is a main component of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT). The photochemistry and the energy balance of the MLT are governed by atomic oxygen. In addition, it is a tracer for dynamical motions in the MLT. It is difficult to measure with remote sensing techniques. Concentrations can be inferred indirectly from the oxygen air glow or from observations of OH, which is involved in photochemical processes related to atomic oxygen. Such measurements have been performed with several satellite instruments such as SCIAMACHY, SABER, WINDII and OSIRIS. However, the methods are indirect and rely on photochemical models and assumptions such as quenching rates, radiative lifetimes, and reaction coefficients. The results are not always in agreement, particularly when obtained with different instruments.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Heinz-Wilhelm Hübers, Heiko Richter, Christof Buchbender, Rolf Güsten, Ronan Higgins, Bernd Klein, Jürgen Stutzki, Helmut Wiesemeyer
Parent Title (English):EGU General Assembly 2021, Gather Online, 19-30 April 2021
Publisher:Copernicus GmbH
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2021/03/05
Copyright:© Author(s) 2021. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Ingenieurwissenschaften und Kommunikation
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 52 Astronomie / 520 Astronomie und zugeordnete Wissenschaften
Entry in this database:2021/05/05
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International