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Assessing the potential for passive radio sounding of Europa and Ganymede with RIME and REASON

Abstract : Recent work has raised the potential for Jupiter's decametric radiation to be used as a source for passive radio sounding of its icy moons. Two radar sounding instruments, the Radar for Icy Moon Exploration (RIME) and the Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-surface (REASON) have been selected for ESA and NASA missions to Ganymede and Europa. Here, we revisit the projected performance of the passive sounding concept and assess the potential for its implementation as an additional mode for RIME and REASON. We find that the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) of passive sounding can approach or exceed that of active sounding in a noisy sub-Jovian environment, but that active sounding achieves a greater SNR in the presence of quiescent noise and outperforms passive sounding in terms of clutter. We also compare the performance of passive sounding at the 9 MHz HF center frequency of RIME and REASON to other frequencies within the Jovian decametric band. We conclude that the addition of a passive sounding mode on RIME or REASON stands to enhance their science return by enabling sub-Jovian HF sounding in the presence of decametric noise, but that there is not a compelling case for implementation at a different frequency.
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Dustin M. Schroeder, Andrew Romero-Wolf, Leonardo Carrer, Cyril Grima, Bruce A. Campbell, et al.. Assessing the potential for passive radio sounding of Europa and Ganymede with RIME and REASON. Planetary and Space Science, Elsevier, 2016, 134, pp.52-60. ⟨10.1016/j.pss.2016.10.007⟩. ⟨insu-03691471⟩

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