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By Jose P. Peixoto, Abraham H. Oort

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The e-foldhg time I/L turns out ta be at crucial parameta for understmding the k h a v i ~ rof [XI as a functioa~of time. The peaurbatioaa tern does not charage significantly wer dme ppiio& m w h sht~fiertkdn 1IL;we will shc2w later in tdtis section that the skady-sate tern will also nat change s i p i f i c m f y aver time perid much less than Ill4,As a result-and this is an ianpomnt: pcsht-the abundafam of X does not change significantly over lea~gthsof time much sho&er than I/&. For these time-seafes, we say &at constituent X is LL~~nseme&5, C h the &hex hmd, ovw lengths of dme much longer thm IfL, the concentration of [XI ern change significantly, me implications of this w e impsrtmt.

An exmgle of such a reaction is the formatim af chlorine ni&ak (ClONQ,) These reactions typically t&e place in two steps, First, the Teacants cdtide to fom an excited i~~temediate m~iecule: where the asterisk signifies an excited state*m e ClONO," moIecu~econ@ili&as tocr much internal energy far it to exist for more Itjzm a few vibrational pehads, and two things can subsequeney happen to it, First, the G1OWO,* molecule can collide wit11 a third h d y , denoted M, but generally N, or 02,which cahes away some of the intern& emrgy of the excited molecule, &ereby sbbiifizing it: Alternatively, it can decowuse back into C310 and NO,, in which case ttiere is no net reaction: If the pressure is su%cientJy hi&, in other wards [MJis large, then every excited intermediate tlmt is famed will collide with a &ird-body M,and f o m the stable malecule.

5 plots the zonally udZy averagd rdiative damping time-scale, which is the time-scde over which n temprature pemrlaation is ct;rmped. sf as the Xifetime). Over per"irrc%sshorter than this dmpimg time, potentiat temprature is conse~ed,Potential ttemperawre is consewed far -3tZ and -5 days in the lower and u p p r stratosphere, respectively* This discussidpn b ~ g up s an interesting poke, Xt i s aften said that flow in the stratosphere i s gemmBIIy hofiz~n&II,From the previous di~cussi~~n, however, it shouiIcl,be clem that Bow in the swdtosphere actually %curs close to su&ces of eunstmt patentiail temperamre, dse b o w n as isentropic (eonstant entropy) sufidces.

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