DPS 2001 meeting, November 2001
Session 17. Io, Tori, and Satellite Atmospheres Posters
Displayed, 9:00am Tuesday - 3:00pm Saturday, Highlighted, Wednesday, November 28, 2001, 10:30am-12:30pm, French Market Exhibit Hall

[Previous] | [Session 17] | [Next]

[17.04] Io: Near-Infrared Absorptions Not Attributable to SO2

J. H. Shirley (JPL - Cal Tech), R. N. Clark, L. A. Soderblom (USGS), R. W. Carlson, L. W. Kamp (JPL - Cal Tech), Galileo NIMS Team

The Near-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS) onboard the Galileo spacecraft imaged the leading side of Jupiter's satellite Io at full spectral resolution and with triple Nyquist spatial sampling during the fifteenth orbital encounter (E15). New despiking and "dejittering" algorithms have been applied to this high S/N observation (15INHRSPEC01A). Spectral absorption features not attributable to SO2 are found between 3.0-3.4 microns and near 4.65 microns. The patterns of the spatial distributions of both absorbers differ from that of the omnipresent SO2. The broad 3.0-3.4 micron absorption is most pronounced in polar regions. Preliminary work suggests that the 4.65 micron feature may be associated with an unidentified sulfate mineral, while the 3.0-3.4 micron feature may result from the presence of more than one absorbing material. Hydrogen-bearing species are likely candidates. For example, H2O ice provides a good match for the absorption near 3.2 microns, but the absorption is shifted to wavelengths longer than that in pure H2O ice. If only one absorber is present, then hydrogen bonding of small numbers of H2O molecules could perhaps account for the shift. The absorption is weak; if H20 related, optical path lengths of a fraction of a micron are indicated.

Portions of this research were carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

[Previous] | [Session 17] | [Next]