Radiative Time Constants in the Atmosphere of Jupiter

Peter J. Gierasch Division of Engineering & Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

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Richard M. Goody Division of Engineering & Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

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Abstract

We have computed radiative decay times for thermal disturbances near the cloud tops of Jupiter and conclude that they are much larger than probable dynamical time constants. Under these circumstances radiative equilibrium calculations are of little significance.

Abstract

We have computed radiative decay times for thermal disturbances near the cloud tops of Jupiter and conclude that they are much larger than probable dynamical time constants. Under these circumstances radiative equilibrium calculations are of little significance.

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