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Co2+ Dissociative Recombination: A Source Of Thermal And Nonthermal C On Mars, Jane L. Fox Aug 2004

Co2+ Dissociative Recombination: A Source Of Thermal And Nonthermal C On Mars, Jane L. Fox

Physics Faculty Publications

CO2 + dissociative recombination has been assumed in the past to proceed overwhelmingly by the channel that produces CO + O. Although the channel that leads to the products C + O2 is energetically possible, the significant rearrangement of bonds that is required has led to the belief that this channel contributes minimally. Seiersen et al. [2003] have recently measured the branching ratio for the latter channel, and they have reported a value of ∼9% of the total. We have constructed both low and high solar activity models of the Martian thermosphere, and we have tested the effect of including the ...


Atomic Carbon In The Atmosphere Of Venus, Jane L. Fox Jan 1982

Atomic Carbon In The Atmosphere Of Venus, Jane L. Fox

Physics Faculty Publications

The densities of atomic carbon in the Venusian thermosphere are computed for a model which includes both chemistry and transport. The maximum density of C is 2.8×107 cm−3 near 150 km for an assumed O2 mixing ratio of 1×10−4. Photoionization of atomic carbon is found to be the major source of C+ above 200 km, and resonance scattering of sunlight by atomic carbon may be the major source of the C I emissions at 1561 Å, 1657 Å, and 1931 Å. The computed C+ densities are found to be in substantial agreement with ...