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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Surface Characterization for Neutral Wind Imaging

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Demand is high for in situ measurements of atmospheric neutral composition, density, and winds not only for studies of the dynamic ionosphere-theremosphere-mesosphere system but simply to define the steady state background atmospheric conditions.  This study looks at method to map the neutral wind environment.

The objective of this IRAD is to characterize the capability of specialized surfaces to produce secondary emissions in relation to incoming particle kinetic energy, the particle mass, and particle directionality as seen in the neutral wind environment.

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