Dissociative Recombination in Aeronomy

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The importance of dissociative recombination in planetary aeronomy is summarized, and two examples are discussed. The first is the role of dissociative recombination of N2+ in the escape of nitrogen from Mars. A previous model is updated to reflect new experimental data on the electronic states of N produced in this process. Second, the intensity of the atomic oxygen green line on the nightside of Venus is modeled. Use is made of theoretical rate coefficients for production of O(1S) in dissociative recombination from different vibrational levels of O2+.


The International Conference on Dissociative Recombination: Theory, Experiment and Applications was held at Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada from May 28-31, 1988.

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