Aerosols in titan's atmosphere

Martin G Tomasko, Robert A. West

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Aerosols in Titan's atmosphere play important roles in the transfer of solar and thermal radiation, in Titan's heat balance, in forcing atmospheric dynamics, and as a sink for photochemical reactions. In this chapter we briefly summarize the history of our knowledge of their distribution and optical properties before concentrating in greater detail on current knowledge of their properties and roles in the physics and chemistry in Titan's atmosphere. We discuss the size, shape, optical properties, and the vertical distribution of Titan's aerosols. We discuss variations of the optical properties of the aerosols with wavelength, variations of the distribution of the aerosols over the disk of Titan, and the seasonal and long-term variations in structure. We discuss the visible and thermal opacity of the aerosols, and their roles in Titan's heat balance. We summarize the history and current state of laboratory simulations of these particles, and present our understanding of their formation and life cycles in one and two-dimensional microphysical models. We also discuss the presence, location, and variations in condensation clouds over Titan's disk. Finally, we indicate the prospects for further progress in understanding the origin, distribution, and properties of Titan's aerosols in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTitan from Cassini-Huygens
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages297-321
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781402092145
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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aerosols
heat balance
optical properties
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thermal radiation
solar radiation
two dimensional models
opacity
sinks
photochemical reactions
condensation
chemistry
cycles
physics
wavelengths

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Tomasko, M. G., & West, R. A. (2010). Aerosols in titan's atmosphere. In Titan from Cassini-Huygens (pp. 297-321). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9215-2_12

Aerosols in titan's atmosphere. / Tomasko, Martin G; West, Robert A.

Titan from Cassini-Huygens. Springer Netherlands, 2010. p. 297-321.

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Tomasko, MG & West, RA 2010, Aerosols in titan's atmosphere. in Titan from Cassini-Huygens. Springer Netherlands, pp. 297-321. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9215-2_12
Tomasko MG, West RA. Aerosols in titan's atmosphere. In Titan from Cassini-Huygens. Springer Netherlands. 2010. p. 297-321 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9215-2_12
Tomasko, Martin G ; West, Robert A. / Aerosols in titan's atmosphere. Titan from Cassini-Huygens. Springer Netherlands, 2010. pp. 297-321
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