Venus Ionised Droplet Investigations

Lead Research Organisation: University of Reading
Department Name: Meteorology


This project will investigate the electrical properties of the Venusian lower atmosphere and their consequences for clouds, drawing particularly on the in-atmosphere electrical measurements made by the Venera 13 and 14 landers during their descents in March 1982. These landers carried sensors recording the electric current flowing to a point electrode, from which the existence of charged aerosol layers is implied. Further interpretation of these results requires a detailed understanding of the operation of the sensors, and modelling of the Venusian ion-aerosol-droplet environment which this project will undertake. It will also evaluate new electrical sensors for a future mission to Venus, which has become more likely due to the phosphine discovery.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/V507003/1 02/11/2020 01/11/2024
2481201 Studentship ST/V507003/1 02/11/2020 30/09/2024 Blair McGinness