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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2010, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 310-318

The nature of specific sources of infrared radiation recorded by satellites

V.А. Тatartchenko 
Saint-Gobain Crystals, Residence Defense 2000, 92800 Puteaux, FRANCE
This paper considers the nature of specific sources of infrared radiation in the Earths atmosphere (especially observed
by satellites) as infrared characteristic radiation (IRCR) of first order phase transitions (condensation and
crystallization of water during fog and clouds formation). Experimental and theoretical evidence of the IRCR existence
are discussed. The phenomenon is based on the claim that the particles (atom, molecule, or cluster) transition
from higher energetic level (vapor or liquid) to lower one (liquid or crystal) produces an emission of one or few photons.
T he energy o f these photons is shown to be connected in a definite way with t he latent energy o f the phase
transition. IRCR was recorded during crystallization of many substances. The effect under investigation must play a
very important role in the atmospheric phenomena: it is one of the sources of Earths cooling; formation of hailstorm
clouds in the atmosphere is accompanied by intensive characteristic infra-red radiation that could be detected for
process characterization and meteorological warnings. The effect can be used for atmospheric heat accumulation by
IRCR beam amplification or even to design an IRCR laser. In fact, together with the energy of wind, falling water,
geothermal and solar energy, fog and cloud formation could give us the fifth source of ecologically pure energy.
Keywords: phase transitions, condensation, crystallization, infrared characteristic radiation, formation of hail, meteorological warnings, atmospheric energy accumulation
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