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Modeling the gravity field of Jupiter’s moon Europa: Influence of icy crust topography and subsurface structures

Musiol, S. und Pauer, M. und Breuer, D. (2008) Modeling the gravity field of Jupiter’s moon Europa: Influence of icy crust topography and subsurface structures. European Geosciences Union - General Assembly, 2008-04-13 - 2008-04-18, Vienna (Austria).

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We investigate questions concerning a gravity inversion for a future orbital space mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa with respect to the reconstruction of features beneath the surface. In our simulations we take into account the topographic relief of the surface and the water/silicate boundary and also the state of compensation depending on the extent of structures and on the crustal/elastic thicknesses of the respective layers. Since no global topography data for Europa is yet available, we produce a synthetic model represented by a set of spherical harmonic coefficients which is based on synthetic data created from local stereo-topography samples and photoclinometric profiles. The ocean floor model was build up obeying the power law common for the silicate surface topography of terrestrial planets. With the help of a theoretical admittance function topography is converted into a gravity field. Forward simulations show, that for an icy crust with undulations up to ± 1500 m a gravity field above degree 20 is needed to obtain a gravity signal not contaminated by the possible ocean floor topography signal. Expected gravity anomalies for the icy crust are of size of several mGals at the surface. Orbit heights of 100 and 200 km are further involved in the investigation of the needed measuring accuracy for the detection of ocean floor structures from the orbit. We find a good chance for the detection of such structures with size > 150 km in a maximum assumed depth of 160 km with an instrument of 1 mGal measuring accuracy.

Dokumentart:Konferenzbeitrag (Poster)
Titel:Modeling the gravity field of Jupiter’s moon Europa: Influence of icy crust topography and subsurface structures
AutorenInstitution oder E-Mail-AdresseAutoren-ORCID-iD
Datum:April 2008
Referierte Publikation:Nein
In Open Access:Nein
In ISI Web of Science:Nein
Name der Reihe:Geophysical Research Abstracts
Stichwörter:Europa; Gravity; Topography; Modeling
Veranstaltungstitel:European Geosciences Union - General Assembly
Veranstaltungsort:Vienna (Austria)
Veranstaltungsart:internationale Konferenz
Veranstaltungsdatum:2008-04-13 - 2008-04-18
Veranstalter :European Geosciences Union
HGF - Forschungsbereich:Verkehr und Weltraum (alt)
HGF - Programm:Weltraum (alt)
HGF - Programmthema:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Schwerpunkt:Weltraum
DLR - Forschungsgebiet:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Teilgebiet (Projekt, Vorhaben):W - Vorhaben Vergleichende Planetologie (alt)
Standort: Berlin-Adlershof
Institute & Einrichtungen:Institut für Planetenforschung > Planetenphysik
Hinterlegt von: Hempel, Stefanie
Hinterlegt am:29 Apr 2008
Letzte Änderung:27 Apr 2009 14:54

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