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ERIC Number: EJ749871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Fine-Structure Measurements of Oxygen A Band Absorbance for Estimating the Thermodynamic Average Temperature of the Earth's Atmosphere: An Experiment in Physical and Environmental Chemistry
Myrick, M. L.; Greer, A. E.; Nieuwland, A.; Priore, R. J.; Scaffidi, J.; Andreatta, Daniele; Colavita, Paula
Journal of Chemical Education, v83 n2 p263 Feb 2006
The experiment describe the measures of the A band transitions of atmospheric oxygen, a rich series of rotation-electronic absorption lines falling in the deep red portion of the optical spectrum and clearly visible owing to attenuation of solar radiation. It combines pure physical chemistry with analytical and environmental science and provides a demonstration of "why physical chemistry is useful", as well as an occasion for performing physical chemistry, effectively using the entire atmosphere as a sampling cell.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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