Atmospheres in the Solar System. Comparative Aeronomy. Volume 130. Geophysical Monograph Series

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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 130.

Atmospheres are crucial components of our universe. They are the only observable regions of stars and giant planets, both within and beyond our solar system. Some terrestrial–size bodies (Venus, Earth, Mars, Titan and Triton) have permanent atmospheres while others (e.g., Mercury, Moon, Io, and Europa) have tenuous gaseous envelopes that change daily. Comets are tiny bodies by planetary yardsticks, but their atmospheres can be the largest visible objects in the night sky. Atmospheric science strives to understand how such a diverse set of atmospheres form, evolve, and disappear.

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PrefaceMichael Mendillo, Andrew Nagy, and J. H. Waite ix

IntroductionMichael Mendillo, Andrew Nagy, and J. H. Waite 1

I. Overviews

1 Aeronomic Systems on Planets, Moons, and CometsDarrell E. Strobel 7

2 Solar System Upper Atmospheres: Photochemistry, Energetics, and DynamicsG. Randall Gladstone, Roger V. Yelle, and J. Majeed 23

3 Solar System IonospheresAndrew F. Nagy and Thomas E. Cravens 39

4 Auroral Processes in the Solar SystemMarina Galand and Supriya Chakrabarti 55

5 Airglow Processes in Planetary AtmospheresT. G. Slanger and B. C. Wolven 77

II. Interactions Between Planetary and Small Body Atmospheres with the Surrounding Plasma Medium

1 Magnetosphere–Ionosphere Coupling at Earth, Jupiter, and BeyondB. H. Mauk, B. J. Anderson, and R. M. Thome 97

2 Comparison of Auroral Processes: Earth and JupiterJ. H. Waite and Dirk Lummerzheim 115

3 Numerical Techniques Associated with Simulations of the Solar Wind Interactions with Non–Magnetized BodiesStephen H. Brecht 141

4 Plasma Flow Past Cometary and Planetary Satellite AtmospheresMichael R. Combi, Tamas I. Gombosi, and Konstantin Kabin 151

III. Chemistry, Energetics and Dynamics

1 Wave Coupling in Terrestrial Planetary AtmospheresJeffrey M. Forbes 171

2 Exospheres and Planetary EscapeDonald M. Hunten 191

3 Surface Boundary Layer AtmospheresR. £ Johnson 203

4 Solar Ultraviolet Variability Over Time Periods of Aeronomic InterestThomas N. Woods and Gary J. Rottman 221

5 Meteoric Material An Important Component of Planetary AtmospheresJoseph M. Grebowsky, Julianne I. Moses, and W. Dean Pesnell 235

6 Current Laboratory Experiments for Planetary AeronomyDavid L. Huestis 245

IV. Models of Aeronomic Systems

1 Simulations of the Upper Atmospheres of the Terrestrial PlanetsStephen W. Bougher, Raymond G. Roble, and Timothy Fuller–Rowel I.   261

2 Thermospheric General Circulation Models for the Giant Planets: The Jupiter CaseGH. Millward, S. Miller, A.D. Aylward, I. C. F Muller–Wodarg, and N. Achilleos 289

3 Ionospheric Models for EarthR. W Schunk 299

4 The Application of General Circulation Models to the Atmospheres of Terrestrial–Type Moons of the Giant PlanetsI. C. F Muller–Wodarg 307

5 The Extreme Ultraviolet Airglow of N2 AtmospheresMichael H. Stevens 319

V. Observational Applications

1 The Application of Terrestrial Aeronomy Groundbased Instruments to Planetary StudiesMichael Mendillo, Fred Roesler, Chester Gardner, and Michael Sulzer 329

2 Ultraviolet Remote Sensing Techniques for Planetary AeronomyJohn T. Clarke and Larry Paxton 339

3 Mass Spectrometry for Planetary ScienceDavid T. Young 353

VI. Atmospheres of Other Worlds

1 A Possible Aeronomy of Extrasolar Terrestrial PlanetsW. A. Traub and K. W Jucks 369

2 Can Conditions for Life be Inferred From Optical Emissions of Extra–Solar–System Planets?Harald U. Frey and Dirk Lummerzheim 381

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