Jupiter: Aerosol Chemistry in the Polar Atmosphere. Journal Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Aromatic compounds have been considered a likely candidate for enhanced aerosol formation in the polar region of Jupiter. We develop a new chemical model for aromatic compounds in the Jovian auroral thermosphere/ionosphere. The model is based on a previous model for hydrocarbon chemistry in the Jovian atmosphere and is constrained by observations from Voyager, Galileo, and the Infrared Space Observatory. Precipitation of energetic electrons provides the major energy source for the production of benzene and other heavier aromatic hydrocarbons. The maximum mixing ratio of benzene in the polar model is 2x10-9, a value that can be compared with the observed value of 2+2-1x10-9 in the north polar auroral region. Sufficient quantities of the higher ring species are produced so that their saturated vapor pressures are exceeded. Condensation of these molecules is expected to lead to aerosol formation.

publication date

  • May 10, 2000

Full Author List

  • Wong AS; Lee AY; Yung YL; Ajello JM

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Additional Document Info

start page

  • L215

end page

  • L217

volume

  • 534

issue

  • 2