Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus

@article{Greaves2020PhosphineGI,
  title={Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus},
  author={J. Greaves and A. M. Richards and W. Bains and P. Rimmer and H. Sagawa and D. Clements and S. Seager and J. Petkowski and C. Sousa-Silva and S. Ranjan and E. Drabek-Maunder and H. Fraser and A. Cartwright and I. Mueller-Wodarg and Zhuchang Zhan and P. Friberg and I. Coulson and E. Lee and Jim Hoge},
  journal={Nature Astronomy},
  year={2020},
  pages={1-10}
}
  • J. Greaves, A. M. Richards, +16 authors Jim Hoge
  • Published 2020
  • Physics
  • Nature Astronomy
  • Measurements of trace gases in planetary atmospheres help us explore chemical conditions different to those on Earth. Our nearest neighbour, Venus, has cloud decks that are temperate but hyperacidic. Here we report the apparent presence of phosphine (PH 3 ) gas in Venus’s atmosphere, where any phosphorus should be in oxidized forms. Single-line millimetre-waveband spectral detections (quality up to ~15 σ ) from the JCMT and ALMA telescopes have no other plausible identification. Atmospheric PH… CONTINUE READING
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