36th DPS Meeting, 8-12 November 2004
Session 20 Titan
Poster I, Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 4:00-7:00pm, Exhibition Hall 1A

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[20.06] Examination of the Sources, Characteristics, and Effects of Titan Haze

E.H. Wilson, R.A. West (Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Titanís stratospheric haze represents a significant source of opacity across much of Titanís reflectance spectrum. These haze particles, created by the polymerization of complex hydrocarbons and nitriles and subsequent macromolecular nucleation, may act as nuclei for the condensation of clouds in the troposphere and provide opacity that may affect the distribution of chemical constituents and composition of clouds [1]. However, the characteristics of Titan haze are not entirely well understood. We use a chemically-based nucleation profile to investigate Titanís haze properties, including particle size, structure, and refractive index, with a microphysical model [2]. A spherical shell radiative transfer model is applied to resulting haze profiles to examine haze opacity in the context of Voyager and ground-based observations of Titanís albedo. Results will also be discussed in the framework of the Cassini-Huygens mission.

[1] E. H. Wilson and S. K. Atreya, J. Geophys. Res., 109, E06002, 2004. [2] A. J. Friedson, et al., Icarus, 158, 389-400, 2002.

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