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  • Responsible Thematic Node: Atmospheres
  • Short Name: Titan Atmosphere Simulation chamber
  • Brief description: TNA2: OU Titan atmosphere simulation facility for physical and chemical conditions
  • URL: http://www.isa.au.dk/networks/euroPlanet/facilities/tna2/titanAtmos.html
  • Type: CONTACT/Facility
  • English Language: YES
  • Restricted access: NO
  • Longer description:
    The OU Titan atmosphere facility provides an apparatus capable of both reproducing the Titan atmosphere and providing an means of investigating the physical and chemical conditions found therein. The appartus is capable of simulating Titan's atmospheric composition under a range of pressures and temperatures and, through provision of external UV light and /or electrical discharge can be used to form the well known Titan Aerosol species ( known collectively as Tholins) which can subsequently be analysed using one of several analytical techniques ( UV-Vis, FTIR and mass spectrometry.

    The chamber is supported by 2 technical staff comprising two dedicated technicians and a laboratory manager and is overseen by senior member of the academic staff Professor N J Mason. Current external users include several from Central and Eastern Europe with partnership agreement with Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia for atmospheric simulations.

    An additional facility allows the icy surfaces of Titan to be modelled by condensing ices onto a transparent substrate cooled to temperatures as low as 35K. Chemical transformations in the ice may be induced by UV light or an electron beam and chemical transformationsexplored by in-situ UV-Vis and FTIR spectrometry.

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  • Contributor: Schmidt
  • Last updater: Schmidt
  • Responsible: Mason
  • Other Contact (name): Ms B J Harker
  • Other Contact (email): b.j.harker@open.ac.uk
  • This is a copy (not an original): NO
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