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Photochemistry of the Venus Atmosphere

McElroy, Michael B. and Sze, Nien Dak and Yung, Yuk Ling (1973) Photochemistry of the Venus Atmosphere. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 30 (7). pp. 1437-1447. ISSN 0022-4928. doi:10.1175/1520-0469(1973)030<1437:POTVA>2.0.CO;2.

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Carbon monoxide, produced in the Venus atmosphere by photolysis of CO_2, is removed mainly by reaction with OH. The radical OH is formed in part by photolysis of H_2O_2, in part by reaction of O with HO_2. Photolysis of HCl provides a major source of H radicals near the visible clouds of Venus and plays a major role in the overall photochemistry. The mixing ratio of O_2 is estimated to be approximately 10^(−7), about a factor of 10 less than a recent observational upper limit reported by Traub and Carleton. A detailed model, which accounts for the photochemical stability of Venus CO_2, is presented and discussed.

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Yung, Yuk Ling0000-0002-4263-2562
Additional Information:© 1973 American Meteorological Society. Manuscript received 14 May 1973, in revised form 27 June 1973. This work was supported by the Atmospheric Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation under Grant GA33990X to Harvard University. We thank the Harvard High Energy Group for permission to use their computer (on a low priority basis, of course) for the low energy research described here. The computer is supported by AEC Contract AT (11-1)-3064. We are indebted to Mark Rosen for helpful comments.
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Official Citation: Michael B. McElroy, Nien Dak Sze, and Yuk Ling Yung, 1973: Photochemistry of the venus atmosphere. J. Atmos. Sci., 30, 1437–1447. doi:<1437:POTVA>2.0.CO;2
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