Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Ice Giant Systems Seminar Series: Dr. Kathy Mandt
Presenter: Dr. Kathy Mandt (JHU/APL)
Topic: Determining origin and evolution of Uranus with a single atmospheric probe
Abstract: Noble gas and nitrogen isotope ratio measurements from the giant planet atmospheres provide critical information on how the giant planets formed and migrated to their current positions. Comparing GPMS measurements to noble gas abundances and isotope ratios in Uranus are critical for understanding formation and evolution of ice giants compared to gas giants. We will discuss the importance of these measurements and whether Juno MWR results impact the GPMS noble gases and isotope ratios and the reliability of atmospheric probes, which are the only method for obtaining these critical observations.