Mapping of the Martian disk near opposition with EXES aboard SOFIA: Water distribution and measurement of the D/H ratio

Abstract : The high-resolution imaging spectrometer EXES (Echelon Cross Echelle Spectrograph) had its first commissioning flight on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) on April 7, 2014. This instrument covers the 5-28 µm range with a resolving power as high as 100,000 in the high-resolution mode. These observations have a spectral resolving power of R=85,000. During this first flight, a map of Mars was recorded at 1383-1391 cm-1 (7.20-7.23 µm). Data were recorded near opposition, when the diameter of Mars was 15 arcsec, and slightly after northern summer solstice (Ls = 112 •), when the water vapor content is maximum in the northern hemisphere. The map was recorded by centering on the planet, offsetting beyond the limb, and then stepping perpendicular to the 14 " long slit across the planet. Two separate stripes were done with an offset along the slit to ensure full coverage of the Martian disk. The 1383-1391 cm-1 spectral range contains lines of H2O, HDO and CO 2 of various intensities. HDO and H2O mixing ratios will be retrieved from a measurement of the H2O/CO 2 and HDO/CO 2 line depth ratios. Comparison of both maps will provide information about the spatial distribution of D/H over the disk. Results will be compared with theoretical models and other D/H observations.
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Thérèse Encrenaz, Matthew Richter, Curtis Dewitt, Thomas Greathouse, Thierry Fouchet, et al.. Mapping of the Martian disk near opposition with EXES aboard SOFIA: Water distribution and measurement of the D/H ratio. EGU General Assembly 2015, Apr 2015, Vienna, Austria. ⟨insu-01144514⟩

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