New electron energy transfer rates for vibrational excitation of N2

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Pavlov, A. V. (1998)

In this paper we present the results of a study of the electron cooling rate, the production rates of vibrationally excited N<sub>2</sub>(<i>v</i>), and the production frequency of the N<sub>2</sub> vibrational quanta arising from the collisions of electrons with unexcited N<sub>2</sub>(0) and vibrationally excited N<sub>2</sub>(1) molecules as functions of the electron temperature. The electron energy transfer rates for vibrational excitation of N<sub>2</sub> have been calculated and fit to analytical expressions by use of the revised vibrationally excited N<sub>2</sub> cross sections. These new analytical expressions are available to the researcher for quick reference and accurate computer modeling with a minimum of calculations.<br><br><b>Key words. </b>Atmospheric composition and structure · Thermosphere · Ionosphere · Modeling and forecasting
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