Heavy Ozone--A Difficult Puzzle to Solve

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Science  22 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5291, pp. 1324-1325
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5291.1324


Although not abundant, ozone is one of the most important constituents of the atmosphere. The isotopic variants of ozone, which is a symmetric triangular molecule made of three oxygen atoms, are difficult to explain by theoretical analysis. In their Perspective, Krankowsky and Mauersberger discuss results published in the same issue by Gellene (p. 1344) that shed light on the mechanisms responsible for the heavier isotopes of ozone.