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Sulfur monoxide dimer chemistry as a possible source of polysulfur in the upper atmosphere of Venus

Authors
  • Pinto, Joseph P.1
  • Li, Jiazheng2
  • Mills, Franklin P.3, 4
  • Marcq, Emmanuel5
  • Evdokimova, Daria5, 6
  • Belyaev, Denis6
  • Yung, Yuk L.2, 2
  • 1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA , Chapel Hill (United States)
  • 2 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA , Pasadena (United States)
  • 3 Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia , Canberra (Australia)
  • 4 Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO, USA , Boulder (United States)
  • 5 LATMOS/CNRS/Sorbonne Université/UVSQ, Paris, France , Paris (France)
  • 6 Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI), Moscow, Russia , Moscow (Russia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature Communications
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Jan 08, 2021
Volume
12
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-20451-2
Source
Springer Nature
License
Green

Abstract

Photochemistry of sulfur species in the upper Venus atmosphere is not well understood and the identity of ultraviolet (UV) absorber(s) remain unknown. Here, the authors show that sulfur monoxide dimer chemistry is a possible source of polysulfur, which could be responsible for the UV absorption.

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