Title

The O2+ Vibrational Distribution in the Venusian Ionosphere

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1985

Abstract

Calculations are presented of the vibrational distribution of O2+ in the Venusian ionosphere for a model atmosphere based on Pioneer Venus data. At 100 km, quenching precludes the survival of vibrationally excited O2+. At the exobase, near 200 km, more than half are vibrationally excited. The effects of vibrationally excited O2+ on the hot oxygen corona and the airglow are discussed.

DOI

10.1016/0273-1177(85)90285-6