Atomic oxygen emission intensity ratio: Observation and theory

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Abstract

[1] What constitutes reality: observation or theory? In the search for truth, observations can sometimes diverge from theory, forcing scientists to rethink fundamental approaches and question the idea of what it means for a system to exhibit “standard” behavior. In this Forum we argue that agreement among theoreticians on the numerical value of a particular physical parameter must still withstand the test of observation.

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This work was supported in part by grant ATM-0637433 from the U.S. National Science Foundation's Aeronomy program and grant NNX08AO27G from NASA's Planetary Astronomy program.

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