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Physics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere

Physics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere

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Part of Cambridge Atmospheric and Space Science Series

  • Date Published: August 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521368483

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  • This textbook focuses on the physics and chemistry of the Earth's upper atmosphere, which is bounded at the bottom by a pressure level at which most of the incoming ionizing radiation has been absorbed, and bounded at the top by the level at which the escape of gas becomes important. The plan of the book is to identify the multitude of processes that operate in the upper atmosphere, and to relate them to observed phenomena by detailed mathematical and physical descriptions of the governing processes. Basic information from many disciplines such as radiation physics and chemistry, fluid dynamics, optics, and spectroscopy is skilfully marshalled to give a coherent account of the upper atmosphere. This book is outstanding as an introduction to the primary literature and current problems for students of physics or chemistry. The text is supported by numerous diagrams, bibliography and index.

    • Textbook suitable for advanced undergraduates or graduate students
    • Good introduction to a multi-disciplinary field
    • Extensively illustrated and referenced
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    • Date Published: August 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521368483
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 192 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An overview
    2. The interaction of energetic solar photons with the upper atmosphere
    3. The interaction of energetic electrons and ions with the upper atmosphere
    4. Collisions and reactions
    5. Ion and neutral composition of the upper atmosphere
    6. Temperatures in the upper atmosphere
    7. Spectroscopic emissions
    8. Dynamics of the thermosphere and ionospere
    Appendices
    Index.

  • Author

    M. H. Rees

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