Particulate matter in the Venus atmosphere

B. Ragent, L. W. Esposito, M. G. Tomasko, M. Ya Marov, V. P. Shari, V. N. Lebedev

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We present a summary of the data currently available (June 1984) describing the planet-enshrouding particulate matter in the Venus atmosphere. A description and discussion of the state of knowledge of the Venus clouds and hazes precedes the tables and plots. The tabular material includes a precis of upper haze and cloud-top properties, parameters for model-size distributions for particles and particulate layers, and columnar masses and mass loadings. The plots are of experimental and derived quantities and include: (1) altitude dependences of volumetric scattering cross sections, size mode number densities, mass loadings, and optical depths, (2) wavelength dependences of asymmetry parameters and optical depths, and (3) latitude and longitude dependence of cloud top properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-115
Number of pages31
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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