The O2+ Vibrational Distribution in the Venusian Ionosphere
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.
Fox, J. L.
(1985). The O2+ Vibrational Distribution in the Venusian Ionosphere. Advances in Space Research, 5 (9), 165-169.