Spectroscopy of the earth's Atmosphere and interstellar Medium

Spectroscopy of the earth's Atmosphere and interstellar Medium

1st Edition - August 27, 1992

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  • Editor: K.N. Rao
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323146753

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Spectroscopy of the Earth's Atmosphere and Interstellar Medium focuses on the characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum of the Earth's atmosphere in the far-infrared and microwave regions. It discusses the modes of observation in field measurements and reviews the two techniques used in the spectral region. Organized into six chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the effect of water-vapor absorption, followed by a discussion on the two frequently used method for deriving atmospheric parameters from high-resolution infrared atmospheric spectra, namely, the equivalent width (EW) technique and the nonlinear least-square fitting (NLSF). Other chapters consider the mechanisms by which interstellar clouds are formed. In addition, the book explores the composition of interstellar clouds, ion-molecule reactions, and the formation of stars. This book will be useful to anyone involved in, or interested in learning more about the field of atmospheric spectroscopy, including scientists, aeronomers, astronomers, astrophysicists, and students.

Table of Contents


  • List of Contributors

    Preface

    Chapter 1 Far-Infrared and Microwave Spectroscopy of the Earth's Atmosphere

    I. Introduction

    II. The Spectrum of the Earth's Atmosphere

    III. Field Measurements

    IV. Data Analysis

    V. Laboratory Measurements in Support of Atmospheric Spectroscopy

    Acknowledgments

    References

    Chapter 2 Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere by High Resolution Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy

    I. Introduction

    II. Analysis of Absorption Spectra

    III. Retrieval of Atmospheric Parameters

    IV. Spectral Examples

    V. Closing Remarks

    References

    Chapter 3 Intensities and Collision-Broadening Parameters from Infrared Spectra: An Update

    I. Introduction

    II. Intensities

    II. Collision Broadening

    IV. Pressure-Induced Line Shifts

    V. Explanation of Tables and Table References

    Acknowledgments

    References

    Chapter 4 Collisional Line Mixing

    I. Introduction

    II. The Theoretical Frame

    III. The Relaxation Matrix, W

    IV. Experimental Investigations of Line Mixing

    V. Atmospheric Applications

    Acknowledgments

    References

    Chapter 5 Spherical Top Spectra

    I. Introduction

    II. Qualitative Features of Spherical Top Spectra

    III. Tensorial Formalisms

    IV. Vibration-Rotation Hamiltonian

    V. Transformed Transition Moments

    VI. Typical Data Reductions

    Acknowledgments

    References

    Chapter 6 Spectroscopy Among the Stars

    I. Overview and History

    II. Large-Scale Carbon Monoxide Surveys

    III. Structure of Selected Molecular Clouds and Star Formation

    IV. Selected Issues in Astronomical Research

    V. Chemistry of Dense Interstellar Clouds

    Acknowledgments

    References

    Index

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  • No. of pages: 538
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1992
  • Published: August 27, 1992
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323146753

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