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Pollack et al. 1979

Pollack, J.B., B. Ragent, R. Boese, M.G. Tomasko, J. Blamont, R.G. Knollenberg, L.W. Esposito, I.A. Stewart, and L. Travis, 1979: Nature of the ultraviolet absorber in the Venus clouds: Inferences based on Pioneer Venus data. Science, 205, 76, doi:10.1126/science.205.4401.76.

Several photometric measurements of Venus made from the Pioneer Venus orbiter and probes indicate that solar near-ultraviolet radiation is being absorbed throughout much of the main cloud region, but little above the clouds or within the first one or two optical depths. Radiative transfer calculations were carried out to simulate both Pioneer Venus and ground-based data for a number of proposed cloud compositions. This comparison rules out models invoking nitrogen dioxide, meteoritic material, and volatile metals as the source of the ultraviolet absorption. Models involving either small (∼1 micrometer) or large (∼10 micrometers) sulfur particles have some serious difficulties, while ones invoking sulfur dioxide gas appear to be promising.

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@article{po08100v,
  author={Pollack, J. B. and Ragent, B. and Boese, R. and Tomasko, M. G. and Blamont, J. and Knollenberg, R. G. and Esposito, L. W. and Stewart, I. A. and Travis, L.},
  title={Nature of the ultraviolet absorber in the Venus clouds: Inferences based on Pioneer Venus data},
  year={1979},
  journal={Science},
  volume={205},
  pages={76},
  doi={10.1126/science.205.4401.76},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - po08100v
AU  - Pollack, J. B.
AU  - Ragent, B.
AU  - Boese, R.
AU  - Tomasko, M. G.
AU  - Blamont, J.
AU  - Knollenberg, R. G.
AU  - Esposito, L. W.
AU  - Stewart, I. A.
AU  - Travis, L.
PY  - 1979
TI  - Nature of the ultraviolet absorber in the Venus clouds: Inferences based on Pioneer Venus data
JA  - Science
VL  - 205
SP  - 76
DO  - 10.1126/science.205.4401.76
ER  -

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