about the observation of diurnal asymmetry.
The vibrational exchange between nitrogen and CO2 is quite a common energy path.
Carbon dioxide laser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The population inversion in the laser is achieved by the following sequence:
Electron impact excites vibrational motion of the nitrogen. Because nitrogen is a homonuclear
molecule, it cannot lose this energy by photon emission,
and its excited vibrational levels are therefore metastable and live for a long time.
Collisional energy transfer between the nitrogen and the carbon dioxide molecule
causes vibrational excitation of the carbon dioxide, with sufficient efficiency to
lead to the desired population inversion necessary for laser operation.
(PS - I see that longview just made the same point).
Wait, --- ARE ONE OF YOU finally admitting that it's really an asinine measure to use #s to make completely disingenuous points? Gee, now you know how I feel when I read "1998-- no warming! hiatus".
You see- 2 can play this game, except I can play it in far more ways than most of you can.
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