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Space Science Reviews

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 159–181 | Cite as

The Voyager mission Photopolarimeter Experiment

  • Charles F. Lillie
  • Charles W. Hord
  • Kevin Pang
  • David L. Coffeen
  • James E. Hansen
Article

Abstract

The Voyager Photopolarimeter Experiment is designed to determine the physical properties of particulate matter in the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, and the Rings of Saturn by measuring the intensity and linear polarization of scattered sunlight at eight wavelengths in the 2350–7500 Å region of the spectrum. The experiment will also provide information on the texture and probable composition of the surfaces of the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn and the properties of the sodium cloud around Io. During the planetary encounters a search for optical evidence of electrical discharges (lightning) and auroral activity will also be conducted.

Keywords

Sodium Atmosphere Electrical Discharge Linear Polarization Auroral Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles F. Lillie
    • 1
  • Charles W. Hord
    • 1
  • Kevin Pang
    • 2
  • David L. Coffeen
    • 3
  • James E. Hansen
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and Department of Astro-GeophysicsUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Planetary Science InstitutePasadenaUSA
  3. 3.Goddard Institute for Space StudiesNew YorkUSA

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