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Evidence for anomalous cloud particles at the poles of Venus

By C. F. Wilson, S. Guerlet, P. G. J. Irwin, C. C. C. Tsang, F. W. Taylor, R. W. Carlson, P. Drossart and G. Piccioni


An analysis of near-infrared emissions on the nightside of Venus observed by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) instrument on board Venus Express reveals anomalous cloud particles in the polar regions of Venus. The anomalous particles are found within the centers of polar vortices at both poles and are either larger or different in composition from those elsewhere in the planet. We find no persistent latitudinal variation in cloud properties a low to midlatitudes, nor do we find asymmetry between the southern and northern hemispheres. These findings arise from analysis of the relative brightness of 1.74 and 2.30 μm infrared radiation thermally emitted from the deep atmosphere of Venus. Larger cloud particles cause relatively more attenuation at 2.30 μm than at 1.74 μm, so we use a "size parameter," m = (I<sub>1.74μm</sub>)/(<sub>2.30μm</sub>)<sup>0.53</sup>, as a proxy for particle size. This methodology follows that of Carlson et al. (1993), supported by new radiative transfer modeling.The full-text of this article is not currently available in ORA, but you may be able to access the article via the publisher copy link on this record page. Citation: Wilson, C. F. et al. (2008). 'Evidence for anomalous cloud particles at the poles of Venus', Journal of Geophysical Research 113, E00B13. [Available at]

Topics: Physics, Atmospheric,Oceanic,and Planetary physics, Venus, clouds
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1029/2008JE003108
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