Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus

@article{Greaves2020PhosphineGI,
  title={Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus},
  author={Jane Greaves and Anita M. S. Richards and William Bains and Paul B. Rimmer and Hideo Sagawa and David L. Clements and Sara Seager and Janusz Jurand Petkowski and Clara Sousa-Silva and Sukrit Ranjan and Emily Drabek-Maunder and Helen J. Fraser and Annabel Cartwright and I. C. F. Mueller-Wodarg and Zhuchang Zhan and Per Friberg and Iain M. Coulson and E'lisa M. Lee and James Hoge},
  journal={Nature Astronomy},
  year={2020},
  pages={1-10}
}
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… Expand

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