Interaction of photoionisation and meteoric input in the atmosphere of Jupiter

Campbell, Laurence, Jones, Darryl B., White, Ronald D., García, Gustavo, Ingólfsson, Oddur, Lopes, M. Cristina A., and Brunger, Michael J. (2019) Interaction of photoionisation and meteoric input in the atmosphere of Jupiter. The European Physical Journal D, 73 (12). 252.

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Abstract

Interplanetary dust grains and meteoroids are assumed to deliver oxygen to the atmosphere of Jupiter. A current photochemical model overestimates the resultant density of water relative to an available measurement. This paper investigates whether the interaction of photoionisation and meteoric products can explain that discrepancy. As any process that breaks up water molecules is likely to produce hydroxyl, the predicted densities of hydroxyl are also investigated as a possible target for remote sensing. It is found that the densities of water are not changed by the addition of photoionisation, but that higher OH densities are predicted above about 400 km.

Item ID: 61668
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1434-6079
Copyright Information: © 2019, EDP Sciences / Società Italiana di Fisica / Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.
Funders: Australian Research Council
Projects and Grants: Grant DP160102787, Grant DP180101655
Date Deposited: 06 May 2020 19:41
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020109 Space and Solar Physics @ 100%
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