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Temporal Behavior of Ammonia and Temperature in the Jovian Stratosphere following the SL9 ImpactsWe will present new results in the study of temporal changes in ammonia (NH3) abundance, altitude distribution, and temperature in the stratosphere of Jupiter after the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact in 1994. Data obtained by Betz et al. (1994) using infrared heterodyne spectroscopy were analyzed using a newly developed beam integration radiative transfer code. The spectra are from six different impact regions and were acquired from hours to three weeks following the impact. The data consist of single NH3 stratospheric emission line profiles near 10 microns measured at a resolving power of approximately 10(exp 7). The true line profiles and the new radiative transfer program permitted the simultaneous retrieval of information on both the NH3 abundance and thermal structure as well as to set constraints on the altitude distribution of stratospheric ammonia. Retrieved column densities varied from approximately 10(exp 18) to 10(exp 16) over the three week period. Over the same time period the altitude of the emitting region varied from levels above the few mbar pressure region to below the 50 mbar pressure regions. Stratospheric temperatures hours after impact were approximately 220 K and about 8 days after impact returned to the quiescent levels (approximately 170-180 K). Results from this self-consistent set of measurements will be presented, compared to those from other measurements, and compared to theoretical retrievals from photochemical models for NH3 in the Jovian stratosphere.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Kostiuk, Ttheodor
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Fast, K.
(Maryland Univ. Greenbelt, MD United States)
Livengood, T.
(Maryland Univ. Greenbelt, MD United States)
Buhl, D.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Espenak, F.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Romani, P.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Betz, A.
(Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO United States)
Boreiko, R.
(Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1999
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Meeting Information
Division of Planetary Sciences(Padua)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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