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COMPOSITION, CLOUDS, AND ORIGIN OF JUPITER'S ATMOSPHERE--A CASE FOR DEEP MULTIPROBES INTO GIANT PLANETS
 

Summary: COMPOSITION, CLOUDS, AND ORIGIN OF JUPITER'S ATMOSPHERE--
A CASE FOR DEEP MULTIPROBES INTO GIANT PLANETS
Sushil K. Atreya
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143, USA
Email: atreya@umich.edu
ABSTRACT
Current hypotheses of the formation of Jupiter and
evolution of its atmosphere invoke large quantities of
water, so that O/H = 13 any of the other heavy
elements, C, N, S, Ar, Kr, and Xe, that are 31 solar,
ratioed to H. However, no quantitative results on O/H in
the deep well-mixed atmosphere are available. Since
water was presumably the original carrier of heavy
elements to Jupiter, determination of its abundance in
the deep atmosphere is of fundamental importance to
the models of formation of Jupiter and the origin of its
atmosphere. Furthermore, since meteorological and
dynamical effects could cause the mixing ratios of water
and possibly other volatiles to vary over the planet, it is
essential to measure the full atmospheric composition,

  

Source: Atreya, Sushil - Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science, University of Michigan

 

Collections: Physics