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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/162283
The time evolution of O2(a1Δ) individual observations acquired by VIRTIS-M on board Venus Express
English
Soret, Lauriane mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Physique des atmosphères et des environnements planétaires >]
Gérard, Jean-Claude mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) >]
Piccioni, Giuseppe [INAF > IAPS > > >]
Drossart, Pierre [Observatoire de Paris > LESIA > > >]
10-Jun-2013
No
No
International
International Venus Conference
du 10 juin 2013 au 14 juin 2013
Catania
Italy
[en] Venus ; oxygen ; airglow
[en] The O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission at 1.27 µm may be used as a tracer of the Venus upper mesosphere dynamics. This emission has been observed with VIRTIS-M-IR on board Venus Express. Previous studies showed that the emission maximum is statistically located close to the antisolar point at ∼96 km. This airglow results from the production of oxygen atoms on the Venus dayside by photodissociation and electron impact dissociation of CO2 and CO, which are then transported to the nightside by the subsolar to antisolar general circulation, where they recombine to create metastable O2(a1Δ) molecules. Their radiative deexcitation produces the O2(a1Δ) nightglow with a maximum near the antisolar point.
However, VIRTIS individual observations indicate that the O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission is highly variable, both in intensity and location. Individual observations acquired every hour during a short period of time can also be grouped sequentially. Bright emission patches can thus be tracked and both their displacement and intensity variations can be analyzed. The peak intensity can vary from 1 to 6 megaRayleighs. We show that the emission peak moves with a mean value of ~80 m s-1, in good agreement with an earlier study by Hueso et al. (2008). The velocity vector in intensity and direction is evaluated approximately every 40 min. These displacements are highly variable, but some dynamical characteristics can be deduced from the observations. These results will be compared with other results of velocity determination in the upper mesosphere.
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