Optical emissions on the nightside ionosphere of Venus

Singhal, R. P. ; Haider, S. A. (1982) Optical emissions on the nightside ionosphere of Venus Indian Journal of Radio and Space Physics, 11 . pp. 15-19. ISSN 0367-8393

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It is noted that one of the several mechanisms proposed for the nightside ionization of the ionosphere of Venus is the precipitation of low-energy electron fluxes. Assuming such a possibility, the volume excitation rates and ionization rates as a result of electron precipitation are calculated using the generalized spatial yield spectrum approach. Several bands of CO2, N2, and O(1D) are found to be prominently excited by low-energy electron precipitation. It is thought that these can serve as diagnostic tools for identifying low-energy electrons in the nightside ionosphere of Venus.

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Keywords:Atmospheric Ionization; Electron Precipitation; Ionospheric Electron Density; Night Sky; Planetary Ionospheres; Venus Atmosphere; Atmospheric Models; High Energy Electrons; Ion Production Rates; Light Emission
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