Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Space Science


Physical Sciences

Committee Chair

Dr. Peter Erdman

Committee Member

Dr. Michael Hidcey

Committee Member

Dr. Aoas Sivjee


The effects of density-dependant molecular quenching produce a unique, altitude dependant emission profile of the vibrational emission band for each OH v' value in the mesosphere. Previous rocket flights using broad band sensors have been able to detect a 1-2 km altitude gap between the peak emissions of Av6. An instrument design is presented which will directly measure the individual peak OH vibrational emission altitudes for the v' = 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 transitions radiating from the mesosphere. This high altitude resolution altitude profile information will enhance the ability to observe vertical propagation of atmospheric gravity waves and other large-scale atmospheric disturbances with high altitude resolution using ground-based observations of the OH emission spectrum.