Physicists will study ozone formation and spectra


A team of physicists from France, the USA, and Russia (TSU) is investigating the formation and decay of ozone and its characteristics and properties at the molecular level when interacting with radiation. The results will help to monitor the quality of the ozone layer, which is involved in forming the Earth’s atmosphere and climate, affects air quality, and protects the planet from strong ultraviolet radiation.

- Radiation can be absorbed or radiated by matter at the level of atoms, molecules, and their aggregates. The sun sends us ultraviolet radiation, which in small doses at relatively low frequencies gives us a tan, but at an increase in frequency is a deadly radiation that kills all life. The only molecule that protects us is ozone; if it did not, biological life on Earth would be impossible, - noted Vladimir Tyuterev, chief researcher at the Laboratory of Quantum Mechanics of Molecules and Radiation Processes of Tomsk State University, Professor at the University of Reims (France), chairperson of the program committee of the OZONE international conference. - This molecule has a number of paradoxical properties: the ozone layer at the top (in the stratosphere) is climate-forming and it protects us, but when ozone is formed in the lower layers of the atmosphere, it is part of urban smog, toxic to the human pulmonary system, activates compounds in the blood that provoke problems such as atherosclerosis, and creates environmental problems.

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