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2016A&A...589A..67G - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 589A, 67-67 (2016/5-1)

Detection of H3+ auroral emission in Jupiter's 5-micron window.

GILES R.S., FLETCHER L.N., IRWIN P.G.J., MELIN H. and STALLARD T.S.

Abstract (from CDS):

We use high-resolution ground-based observations from the VLT CRIRES instrument in November 2012 to identify sixteen previously undetected H3+ emission lines from Jupiter's ionosphere. These emission lines are located in Jupiter's 5-micron window (4.5-5.2µm), an optically-thin region of the planet's spectrum where the radiation mostly originates from the deep troposphere. The H3+ emission lines are so strong that they are visible even against this bright background. We measure the Doppler broadening of the H3+ emission lines in order to evaluate the kinetic temperature of the molecules, and we obtain a value of 1390±160K. We also measure the relative intensities of lines in the ν2 fundamental in order to calculate the rotational temperature, obtaining a value of 960±40K. Finally, we use the detection of an emission line from the 2ν2(2)-ν2 overtone to measure a vibrational temperature of 925±25K. We use these three independent temperature estimates to discuss the thermodynamic equilibrium of Jupiter's ionosphere.

Abstract Copyright: © ESO, 2016

Journal keyword(s): planets and satellites: gaseous planets - planets and satellites: aurorae - planets and satellites: atmospheres

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