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Author Clementi, E.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PHYSICS ♦ ASTROPHYSICS ♦ CARBON ♦ EXCITATION ♦ HIGH TEMPERATURE ♦ MOLECULES ♦ NUMERICALS ♦ QUANTITY RATIO ♦ QUANTUM MECHANICS ♦ ROTATION ♦ SPECTRA ♦ STARS ♦ SUN ♦ THERMODYNAMICS
Abstract Recent theoretical and experimental data on the diatomic carbon molecule make feasible an accurate calculation of the partition function at high temperatures. All the excited states which contribute to the partition function were considered. A table of thermodymmic functions in the tem perature range 2000 to 6000 deg K is given. The results so obtained are used in the recalculation of the molecular abundance, S, as defined by Russell, Roach, and Hunaerts. In the solar reversing layer the molecular abundance was found to be log S = 12.83. The rotational lines of the 0-0 band in the Swam system are used to obtain the molecular abundance. The oscillator strength of the Swan system was taken as f = 0.04 and the molecular excitation temperature as T = 4500 deg K. The results indicate the importance of accurate partition-function calculations in the determination of the molecular abundance. (auth)
ISSN 0004637X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1961-01-01
Publisher Department Univ. of California, Berkeley
Journal Astrophysical Journal
Volume Number 133
Organization Univ. of California, Berkeley


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