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I. Impact of volcanic aerosols on stratospheric chemistry. II. O2(1sigma g+) and O2(1delta g) in the H + O2 reaction system. III. Barotropic instability of zonal jets on Mars, Earth and Venus

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Michelangeli, Diane V. (1989) I. Impact of volcanic aerosols on stratospheric chemistry. II. O2(1sigma g+) and O2(1delta g) in the H + O2 reaction system. III. Barotropic instability of zonal jets on Mars, Earth and Venus. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-06112007-132024

Abstract

In order to fully understand an atmospheric system, we must answer questions in radiative transfer (Paper I), dynamics (Paper II), and chemistry (Paper I). The adequacy of the chemical models at reproducing the atmosphere depends on the fundamental knowledge of rate constants and absorption cross sections, which are determined in laboratory experiments (Paper III). All these issues are investigated in the three independent papers of this thesis. While seemingly unrelated, they all attempt to explain observations of terrestrial atmospheres. Paper I focusses on the chemical effects, in the Earth's stratosphere, of a volcanic eruption. Paper II reports experimental results important for the understanding of nightglow emissions on Earth. And finally, Paper III discusses barotropic instabilities as a possible explanation for thermal waves on Mars.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Planetary Science and Geochemistry
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Geological and Planetary Sciences
Major Option:Planetary Science
Minor Option:Geochemistry
Thesis Availability:Restricted to Caltech community only
Research Advisor(s):
  • Yung, Yuk L.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:15 July 1988
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-06112007-132024
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-06112007-132024
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ID Code:2550
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Deposited On:28 Jun 2007
Last Modified:25 Jan 2013 22:54

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