Revisited modeling of Titan’s middle atmosphere electrical conductivity

Abstract : The atmospheric electrical conductivity measured by the Permittivity, Wave and Altimetry (PWA) subsystem on board the Huygens probe, during the landing mission on Titan, has been modeled in the present work. Previous modeling studies showed a Galactic Cosmic Ray (GCR) peak of conductivity at a higher altitude and a quantitative overestimation in the altitude range 0–100 km compared to that observed by the PWA instrument. Recently the PWA data was revisited and provided new constraints on the conductivity at altitudes 100–180 km. Because the aerosols in the atmosphere are known to alter the electron concentration, using a detailed distribution of the aerosols at all altitudes, the electron conductivity has been calculated in the altitude range 0–180 km. By using a variable range of photoemission threshold for the aerosols, the present model is able to reasonably predict the altitude at which the GCR peak of conductivity occurs and to meet the new constraints for the conductivity profile.
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Alabhya Mishra, Marykutty Michael, Sachchida Nand Tripathi, Christian Béghin. Revisited modeling of Titan’s middle atmosphere electrical conductivity. Icarus, Elsevier, 2014, 238, pp.230-234. ⟨10.1016/j.icarus.2014.04.018⟩. ⟨insu-01280847⟩

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