High-temperature shock formation of N2 and organics on primordial Titan

@article{McKay1988HightemperatureSF,
  title={High-temperature shock formation of N2 and organics on primordial Titan},
  author={Christopher P McKay and Thomas W. Scattergood and James B. Pollack and William J. Borucki and Hilde T. Van Ghyseghem},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1988},
  volume={332},
  pages={520-522}
}
Titan's atmosphere is composed primarily of N2 with a little methane and other organic molecules. But theoretical models suggest that the initial form of nitrogen in Titan's atmosphere may have been NH3. We have investigated the possible importance of strong shocks produced during high-velocity impacts accompanying the late stages of accretion as a method for converting NH3 to N2. To simulate the effects of an impact in Titan's atmosphere we have used the focused beam of a high-power laser, a… CONTINUE READING

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