Line-mixing effects in N2O Q branches: model, laboratory, and atmospheric spectra

J.-M. Hartmann, J.-P. Bouanich, K.W. Jucks, Ghislain Blanquet, J. Walrand, D. Bermejo, J.-L. Domenech, N. Lacome

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    A model based on the energy corrected sudden approximation is used in order to account for line-mixing effects in NO Q branches of Σ↔Π bands. The performance of this theoretical approach is demonstrated by comparisons with many (about 70) NO-N and NO-O laboratory spectra recorded in the 5 and 17 μm regions by three instrument setups; the Q branches of the 2ν - ν (near 579.3 cm), ν (near 588.8 cm), and ν + ν (near 2798.3 cm) bands are investigated for different pressures (0.1-2.0 atm) and temperatures (200-300 K). The model is used to generate a set of line-mixing parameters for the calculation of the absorption by the ν Q branch under atmospheric conditions. These data are tested by comparisons between computed stratospheric emissions and values measured using a balloon-borne high resolution Fourier transform instrument. The results confirm the need to account for the effects of line mixing and demonstrate the capability of the model to represent the NO absorption in a region which can be used for the retrieval of NO mixing ratios.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1959-1968
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of chemical physics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 1999


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