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Dear Editor:
I intend to submit a report to Science.
We did three new things in the paper. First, we modeled the photodissociation of O2
isotopologues in the mesosphere. Second, we explained the remarkable measurements of
Thiemens. This result offers a beautiful solution for the change in slope in Thiemens’ data at
the highest altitudes of his measurements (Science 270, 969, 1995), which have remained a
challenge to atmospheric science for a decade. Third, we showed testable consequences of
our model which can serve to motivate new measurements.
My colleagues Mimi Gerstell, Mark Allen, Andy Ingersoll, Chip Miller, Xun Jiang and
Hy Hartman have read the paper.
If the paper is accepted. I wish to see it published back to back with a related paper that
has been submitted to Science
"Extraordinary Isotopic Fractionation in Ozone Photolysis" by Miller et al.
Manuscript Number:1109969
Without exaggeration, these two papers are the greatest modeling papers on oxygen
isotopes in the middle atmosphere after Gao and Marcus (Science 293, 259, 2001), whose
work only accounts for the first half of the fascinating story of heavy ozone. With our
work, the complete foundation is laid for numerous future applications of heavy ozone to
atmospheric science, including the mesosphere and biosphere.
Yuk Yung
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
List of potential referees (in alphabetical order):
Prof. Kristie A. Boering ([email protected])
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1460
Tel: 510-642-3472
Dr. Charles H. Jackman ([email protected])
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Tel: 301-614-6053
Prof. Konrad Mauersberger ([email protected])
Division Atmospheric Physics
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
Heidelberg, Germany
Tel: +49(0)6221-516-286
Dr. Thomas Röckmann ([email protected])
Atmospheric Isotope Physics
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
Heidelberg, Germany
Tel: +49(0)6221-516-653
Dr. Michael E. Summers ([email protected])
Computational Sciences and Physics School of Computational Sciences
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Tel: 703-993-3971
Prof. Mark Thiemens ([email protected])
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, Berkeley, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0317
Tel: 858-534-6732
Prof. Ray Weiss ([email protected])
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, Berkeley, San Diego
La Jolla CA, 92093-0244
Tel: 858-534-2598