Tentative identification of formaldehyde in the Martian atmosphere
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Solar occultation observations of the Martian atmosphere near the limb of the planet were performed during the Phobos mission by means of the Auguste infrared spectrometer in the ranges 2707-2740 and 5392-5272 cm-1 with a resolving power of ≈ 1300. The spectra exhibit features at 2710 and 2730 cm-1 which have not been identified previously. After applying a set of corrections to the data and examining the spectra of various molecules, we are led to conclude that the best candidate for the above-mentioned features is formaldehyde (CH2O). It was observed in eight of the nine successful occultation sequences, mainly between 8 and 20 km with an average mixing ratio of 0.5+0.8-0.3 ppm (there are no good data below 8 km). The observations are performed in equatorial spring conditions. The altitude distribution of formaldehyde reveals correlation with the permanent haze opacity.
CitationKorablev, O.I.; Ackerman, M.; Krasnopolsky, V.A.; Moroz, V.I.; Muller, C.; Rodin, A.V.; Atreya, S.K. (1993). Tentative identification of formaldehyde in the Martian atmosphere. , Planetary and Space Science, Vol. 41, Issue 6, 441-451, DOI: 10.1016/0032-0633(93)90004-L.