Publication Abstracts

Dyudina et al. 2002

Dyudina, U.A., A.P. Ingersoll, A.R. Vasavada, S.P. Ewald, and Galileo SSI Team, 2002: Monte Carlo radiative transfer modeling of lightning observed in Galileo images of Jupiter. Icarus, 160, 336-349, doi:10.1006/icar.2002.6977.

We study lightning on Jupiter and the clouds illuminated by the lightning using images taken by the Galileo orbiter. The Galileo images have a resolution of not, vert, ∼25 km/pixel and are able to resolve the shape of single lightning spots, which have half widths (radii) at half the maximum intensity in the range 45-80 km. We compare the shape and width of lightning flashes in the images with simulated flashes produced by our 3D Monte Carlo light-scattering model.

The model calculates Monte Carlo scattering of photons in a 3D opacity distribution. During each scattering event, light is partially absorbed. The new direction of the photon after scattering is chosen according to a Henyey-Greenstein phase function. An image from each direction is produced by accumulating photons emerging from the cloud in a small range (bins) of emission angles. The light source is modeled either as a point or a vertical line.

A plane-parallel cloud layer does not always fit the data. In some cases the cloud over the light source appears to resemble cumulus clouds on Earth. Lightning is estimated to occur at least as deep as the bottom of the expected water cloud. For the six flashes studied, we find that the clouds above the lightning are optically thick (τ>5). Jovian flashes are more regular and circular than the largest terrestrial flashes observed from space. On Jupiter there is nothing equivalent to the 30-40-km horizontal flashes that are seen on Earth.

Export citation: [ BibTeX ] [ RIS ]

BibTeX Citation

@article{dy02000x,
  author={Dyudina, U. A. and Ingersoll, A. P. and Vasavada, A. R. and Ewald, S. P. and Galileo SSI Team},
  title={Monte Carlo radiative transfer modeling of lightning observed in Galileo images of Jupiter},
  year={2002},
  journal={Icarus},
  volume={160},
  pages={336--349},
  doi={10.1006/icar.2002.6977},
}

[ Close ]

RIS Citation

TY  - JOUR
ID  - dy02000x
AU  - Dyudina, U. A.
AU  - Ingersoll, A. P.
AU  - Vasavada, A. R.
AU  - Ewald, S. P.
AU  - Galileo SSI Team
PY  - 2002
TI  - Monte Carlo radiative transfer modeling of lightning observed in Galileo images of Jupiter
JA  - Icarus
VL  - 160
SP  - 336
EP  - 349
DO  - 10.1006/icar.2002.6977
ER  -

[ Close ]

• Return to 2002 Publications

• Return to Publications Homepage