Comparison of Calculated and Measured Ion Densities on the Dayside of Venus

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Science  06 Jul 1979:
Vol. 205, Issue 4401, pp. 107-109
DOI: 10.1126/science.205.4401.107


Datafrom the Pioneer Venus ion mass spectrometers are compared with model calculations of the ion density distributions appropriate for daytime conditions. The model assumes diffusive equilibrium upper boundary conditions for the major ions (O2+, O+, CO2+, He+, and H+); the agreement between the calculated and measured gross behavior of these ions is reasonably good except for H+, which may be influenced strongly by convective transport processes. The distributions of five minor ions (C+, N+, NO+, CO+, and N2+) are also calculated for the chemically controlled region (200 kilometers); the agreements are, in general, poor, an indication that our present understanding of the Venus minor ion chemistry is still incomplete.