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L. Paganini, et al.
A Solar-pumped Fluorescence Model for Line-by-line Emission Intensities in the B–X, A–X, and X–X Band Systems of 12C 14N
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 226(1), 1-13, 2016; doi: 10.3847/0067-0049/226/1/3
solar spectra
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Abstract


We present a new quantitative model for detailed solar-pumped fluorescent emission of the main isotopologue of CN. The derived fluorescence efficiencies permit estimation and interpretation of ro-vibrational infrared line intensities of CN in exospheres exposed to solar (or stellar) radiation. Our g-factors are applicable to astronomical observations of CN extending from infrared to optical wavelengths, and we compare them with previous calculations in the literature. The new model enables extraction of rotational temperature, column abundance, and production rate from astronomical observations of CN in the inner coma of comets. Our model accounts for excitation and de-excitation of rotational levels in the ground vibrational state by collisions, solar excitation to the ${A}^{2}{{\rm{\Pi }}}_{{\rm{i}}}$ and ${B}^{2}{{\rm{\Sigma }}}^{+}$ electronically excited states followed by cascade to ro-vibrational levels of ${X}^{2}{{\rm{\Sigma }}}^{+}$, and direct solar infrared pumping of ro-vibrational levels in the ${X}^{2}{{\rm{\Sigma }}}^{+}$ state. The model uses advanced solar spectra acquired at high spectral resolution at the relevant infrared and optical wavelengths and considers the heliocentric radial velocity of the comet (the Swings effect) when assessing the exciting solar flux for a given transition. We present model predictions for the variation of fluorescence rates with rotational temperature and heliocentric radial velocity. Furthermore, we test our fluorescence model by comparing predicted and measured line-by-line intensities for ${X}^{2}{{\rm{\Sigma }}}^{+}$ (1–0) in comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), thereby identifying multiple emission lines observed at IR wavelengths.

Reference


@article{0067-0049-226-1-3,
  author = "L. Paganini and M. J. Mumma",
  title = "A Solar-pumped Fluorescence Model for Line-by-line Emission Intensities in the B–X, A–X, and X–X Band Systems of 12C 14N",
  year = 2016,
  journal = "The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series",
  publisher = "IOP Publishing",
  volume = 226,
  number = 1,
  pages = "1-13",
  month = "Aug",
  keywords = "solar spectra",
  doi = "10.3847/0067-0049/226/1/3",
  url = "http://stacks.iop.org/0067-0049/226/i=1/a=3"
}
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