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The natural thermostat of nitric oxide emission at 5.3 μm in the thermosphere observed during the solar storms of April 2002
NASA Langley Research Center.
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2003 (English)In: Geophysical Research Letters, ISSN 0094-8276, E-ISSN 1944-8007, Vol. 30, no 21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry (SABER) experiment on the Thermosphere-Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite observed the infrared radiative response of the thermosphere to the solar storm events of April 2002. Large radiance enhancements were observed at 5.3 μm, which are due to emission from the vibration-rotation bands of nitric oxide (NO). The emission by NO is indicative of the conversion of solar energy to infrared radiation within the atmosphere and represents a "natural thermostat" by which heat and energy are efficiently lost from the thermosphere to space and to the lower atmosphere. We describe the SABER observations at 5.3 μm and their interpretation in terms of energy loss. The infrared enhancements remain only for a few days, indicating that such perturbations to the thermospheric state, while dramatic, are short-lived. Copyright 2003 by the American Geophysical Union.

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2003. Vol. 30, no 21
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-5855DOI: 10.1029/2003GL017693ISI: 000186507400002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-12144287527Local ID: 40b95590-1583-4ca9-834b-52eb79f57419OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-5855DiVA, id: diva2:978731
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