JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

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[EJ] Poster

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[P-PS06] [EJ] Results of Venus science with Akatsuki in orbit for 1.5 year

Sat. May 20, 2017 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL7)

convener:Takehiko Satoh(Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Takeshi Horinouchi(Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University), Masaru Yamamoto(Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University), Kevin McGouldrick(University of Colorado Boulder)

[PPS06-P13] Initial results of Akatsuki radio occultation observations

*Takeshi Imamura1, Hiroki Ando2, Katsuyuki Noguchi3, Bernd Häusler4, Martin Pätzold5, Silvia Tellmann5 (1.Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, 2.Faculty of Science, Kyoto Sangyo University, 3.Faculty of Science, Nara Women's University, 4.Universität der Bundeswehr München, 5.Universität zu Köln)

Keywords:Venus, atmosphere, radio occultation

Radio science (RS) experiment in Akatsuki mission aims to determine the vertical structure of the atmosphere with radio occultation technique. The quantities to be retrieved are the vertical profiles of the temperature, H2SO4 vapor density, and electron density. Advantages of Akatsuki RS over previous missions are close coordination with onboard cameras and a rather dense sampling of the low latitude thanks to the equatorial orbit. An ultra-stable oscillator provides a stable reference frequency (Allan deviation < 1E-12 for 1-1000 s). Up to now (Jan 2017) eight occultations of the Venus atmosphere (15 profiles) have been observed from March to July in 2016. Mostly low to middle latitudes were observed in the first occultation season. Findings obtained so far include the local time dependence of the thermal structure in the cloud layer, small-scale disturbances near the cloud top, and a possible long-term change of the temperature below the cloud. Derivation of H2SO4 vapor density and electron density are ongoing. The structure of the solar corona and its variation were also explored by radio occultation technique during solar conjunction in June 2016.