[PCG26-07] ALMA Observations of Titan’s Dynamic Atmosphere into the Post-Cassini Era
Keywords:Titan, Atmospheres, Radio Astronomy, Spectroscopy, Radiative Transfer
ALMA observations of Titan in May 2017 with moderate spatial resolution (~0.2") enabled mapping of atmospheric thermal structure and composition from the stratosphere through the mesosphere (~100 - 800 km) with latitude. By employing radiative transfer analysis, we found variations in temperature by up to 15 K and up to an order of magnitude in nitrile species abundances. ALMA’s high spectral resolution also permits the measurement of Doppler shifts in molecular transitions, translating directly to line-of-sight wind speeds; through various chemical species, we found wind speeds significantly decreased in Titan’s upper atmosphere (700 - 1000 km) since 2015. Finally, we present the preliminary results of our investigation into isotopic and previously undetected species in recently acquired data from late 2019. Through these observations and the ongoing use of submillimeter facilities such as ALMA, we may continue to monitor Titan’s dynamic atmosphere throughout its full seasonal cycle.