Studying methane and other trace species in the Mars atmosphere using a SOIR instrument
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Solar Occultation in the InfraRed (SOIR) is one of three spectrometers of the SPICAV/SOIR instrument suite (Bertaux et al., 2007b) on board the Venus Express orbiter (VEX). VEX has been in orbit around Venus since April 2006 and to date SOIR has carried out over 674 measurements. Pre-launch and in-orbit performance analyses allow us to predict what SOIR would be capable of at Mars. SOIR spectra through the Martian atmosphere have been simulated with ASIMUT, a line-by-line (LBL) radiative transfer code also used for the retrieval of vertical profiles of atmospheric constituents of Venus (Vandaele et al., 2008 and Bertaux et al., 2007a). The code takes into account the temperature and pressure vertical profiles as well as those of the atmospheric species, but also the instrument function and the overlapping of the diffraction orders of the echelle grating. We will show these spectra and the detection limits of species that could be studied using a SOIR spectrometer making solar occultation or nadir measurements in Mars orbit.
CitationDrummond, R.; Vandaele, A.-C.; Daerden, F.; Fussen, D.; Mahieux, A.; Neary, L.; Neefs, E.; Robert, S.; Willame, Y.; Wilquet, V. (2011). Studying methane and other trace species in the Mars atmosphere using a SOIR instrument. , Planetary and Space Science, Vol. 59, Issue 2-3, 292-298, DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2010.05.009.