Reflections on Aluminum: Some Thoughts on the Mesospheric Processing of Ablated Meteoric Al +
Quantum-chemical calculations, at the CP-dG2thaw level of theory, are used to characterize several novel Al-containing molecular and cluster ions that are likely to participate in the chemistry of Al+ resulting from meteoric ablation in the upper atmosphere. The calculations suggest that two overall processes may be dominant in aluminium's ion chemistry in the mesosphere/lower thermosphere (MLT) region. The first of these processes is an efficient cycle (Al+ → AlN2+ → A1O+ → Al+), with addition...[Show more]
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