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THE ATMOSPHERE EXPLORER OPTICAL GLOW NEAR PERIGEE

@inproceedings{Yee2007THEAE,
  title={THE ATMOSPHERE EXPLORER OPTICAL GLOW NEAR PERIGEE},
  author={A. J. Yee and V. Abreu and A. Dalgarno},
  year={2007}
}
The altitude variation of the Atmosphere Explorer optical glow intensity suggests that two different processes are responsible for the glow. One, dominant for altitudes above 180 km, has an emission brightness proportional to the ambient atomic oxygen density whereas the other, dominant at altitudes molecular oxygen and implied that at low altitudes vibrationally excited OH is produced by a surface reaction with 02 . A similar optical glow is observed in the ram direction of the Shuttle orbiter… CONTINUE READING

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