Theory of Planetary Atmospheres: An Introduction to Their Physics and Chemistry

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Academic Press, Oct 16, 1990 - Science - 481 pages
Our subject is, of course, nothing more than applied physics and chemistry. But in addition to those basic sciences the student of planetary atmospheres needs an overview of atmospheric structure and physical processes as presently understood. This book is intended to help fill that need for both graduate students and research scientists. Although the approach is mainly theoretical, very little basic physics is developed here. Material that is standard fare in third- and fourth-year physics courses is simply absorbed where needed.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Vertical Structure of an Atmosphere
1
Chapter 2 Hydrodynamics of Atmospheres
71
Chapter 3 Chemistry and Dynamics of Earths Stratosphere
118
Chapter 4 Planetary Astronomy
160
Chapter 5 Ionospheres
226
Chapter 6 Airglows Auroras and Aeronomy
279
Chapter 7 Stability of Planetary Atmospheres
330
A Table of Physical Constants
416
A Model of Earths Atmosphere
421
Planetary Spacecraft Missions
428
Supplementary Reading
433
The Planck Function
436
Diffusion Coefficients
438
Ortho and Para Hydrogen
440
Partition Functions for a Spherical Exosphere
442
Index
457

Planetary Characteristics
419

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