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New laboratory approach to study Titan ionospheric chemistry

Abstract : The exploration of Titan reveals a very complex chemistry occurring in the ionospheric region of the atmosphere. In order to interpret the observations performed by the Cassini spectrometers, we need to improve our description of the ion molecule chemistry involving nitrogen and hydrocarbons. Up to now, models are based on databases compiled over the years. These are quite complete to describe the major ions, but lack of accuracy for some of them, they totally neglect the questions of isomerization or chemical functionality in the description of ionic species and still miss a lot of inputs for ionic species heavier than 50 daltons. We propose to improve the databases by systematic measurements of ion molecule reaction rates, and further structural description, by means of a high resolution mass spectrometer, allowing for MS/MS structural analysis of the ionic species. A thorough evaluation of nowadays databases by means of uncertainty propagation will lead our choice of the most important reactions to be studied. This study shall also lead to educated choice for chemistry simplification, which is mandatory in order to include the chemistry in 3D or fluid models of the atmosphere. We plan as well to use extracts from tholins as molecular source for our analysis.
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Roland Thissen, Odile Dutuit, P. Pernot, Nathalie Carrasco, Jean Lilensten, et al.. New laboratory approach to study Titan ionospheric chemistry. European Planetary Science Congress 2006, 2006, Berlin, Germany. ⟨insu-00358084⟩

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