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Title:Photon And Water Mediated Sulfur Oxide And Acid Chemistry In The Atmosphere Of Venus
Author(s):Kroll, Jay A
Contributor(s):Vaida, Veronica
Subject(s):Planetary atmospheres
Abstract:Sulfur compounds have been observed in the atmospheres of a number of planetary bodies in our solar system including Venus, Earth, Mars, Io, Europa, and Callisto. The global cloud cover on Venus located at an altitude between 50 and 80 kilometers is composed primarily of sulfuric acid (\chem{H_2SO_4}) and water. Planetary photochemical models have attempted to explain observations of sulfuric acid and sulfur oxides with significant discrepancies remaining between models and observation. In particular, high \chem{SO_2} mixing ratios are observed above 90 km which exceed model predictions by orders of magnitude. Work recently done in the Vaida lab has shown red light can drive photochemistry through overtone pumping for acids like \chem{H_2SO_4} and has been successful in explaining much of the sulfur chemistry in Earth’s atmosphere. Water can have a number of interesting effects such as catalysis, suppression, and anti-catalysis of thermal and photochemical processes. We investigate the role of water complexes in the hydration of sulfur oxides and dehydration of sulfur acids and present spectroscopic studies to document such effects. We investigate these reactions using FTIR and UV/Vis spectroscopy and will report on our findings.
Issue Date:2014-06-20
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Citation Info:Kroll, J.A.; Vaida, V. PHOTON AND WATER MEDIATED SULFUR OXIDE AND ACID CHEMISTRY IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF VENUS. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, Urbana, IL, June 16-21, 2014. DOI:
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 by the authors. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-17

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