Jamieson, C. S., Garcia, R. M., Pejakovic, D., & Kalogerakis, K. (2009, December). The kinetics of oxygen atom recombination in the presence of carbon dioxide. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 2009, pp. P51D-1156).
Understanding processes involving atomic oxygen is crucial for the study and modeling of composition, energy transfer, airglow, and transport dynamics in planetary atmospheres. Significant gaps and uncertainties exist in the understanding of these processes and often the relevant input from laboratory measurements is missing or outdated. We are conducting laboratory experiments to measure the rate coefficient for O + O + CO2 recombination and investigating the O2 excited states produced following the recombination. These measurements will provide key input for a quantitative understanding and reliable modeling of the atmospheres of the CO2 planets and their airglow. An excimer laser providing pulsed output at either 193 nm or 248 nm is employed to produce O atoms by dissociating carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, or ozone. In an ambient-pressure background of CO2, O atoms recombine in a time scale of a few milliseconds. Detection of laser-induced fluorescence at 845 nm following two-photon excitation near 226 nm monitors the decay of the oxygen atom population. From the temporal evolution of the signal the recombination rate coefficient is extracted. Fluorescence spectroscopy is used to detect the products of O-atom recombination and subsequent relaxation in CO2. This work is supported by the US National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Planetary Astronomy Program. Rosanne Garcia’s participation was funded by the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program.
- ATMOSPHERIC COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE / Airglow and aurora;
- ATMOSPHERIC COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE / Chemical kinetic and photochemical properties;
- PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLAR SYSTEM OBJECTS / Mars;
- PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLAR SYSTEM OBJECTS / Venus