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Authors: Lewis John S.
Title: Observability of spectroscopically active compounds in the atmosphere of Jupiter

The abundances of several hundred volatile compounds have been calculated at several different levels in the atmosphere of Jupiter. Complete chemical equilibrium has been assumed, and a solar-composition, adiabatic-equilibrium model of the atmospheric composition and structure is used throughout. The results which relate to upper limits on the abundances of spectroscopically active compounds in the upper atmosphere are, however, directly applicable to subadiabatic models. The principal results are that only H2, CH4, and NH3 are predicted to be observable with present techniques. These three species are in fact the only compounds conclusively identified in Jupiter spectra to date. A number of plausible previously suggested constituents of the upper atmosp. . .
Date: 05/1969 Publisher: Icarus Pages: 393 - 409 DOI: 10.1016/0019-1035(69)90094-3 Available at:
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