Effect of variable energy input on nitrogen fixation in instantaneous linear discharges [7]


Journal Article (Letter)

ATMOSPHERIC nitrogen oxides are a central issue in the photochemistry of the troposphere, stratosphere and urban atmosphere. The removal of nitrogen oxides by precipitation is a source of fixed nitrogen to the biosphere. Thus the nitrogen fixation rate by natural and anthropogenic discharges is of wide concern1-8. While it is generally assumed that P, the molecules of NO produced per joule of discharge, is independent of the input energy, the analysis reported here implies that P does vary with input energy. Thus care must be taken when extrapolating NO yields from small laboratory sparks to more energetic processes of potential geochemical significance. Although the calculations assume a cylindrical symmetry appropriate for a linear discharge, the results are consistent with equivalent calculations using spherical symmetry. © 1979 Nature Publishing Group.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chameides, WL

Published Date

  • December 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 277 / 5692

Start / End Page

  • 123 - 124

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-0836

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/277123a0

Citation Source

  • Scopus