Radiative equilibrium in the ionosphere

  title={Radiative equilibrium in the ionosphere},
  author={Richard Woolley and Sydney Chapman},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences},
  pages={218 - 240}
  • R. Woolley, S. Chapman
  • Published 1947
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The equations of radiative equilibrium in the earth ’s atmosphere are examined with special reference to high temperatures in the ionosphere arising out of a radiation balance between heavy ultra-violet absorption in the ultra-violet and relatively weak infra-red emission. It is suggested that while molecular oxygen is the principal ultra-violet absorption agent at heights below 250 km., at greater heights the absorption is mainly due to atomic oxygen. Similarly, it is suggested that while… Expand
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