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The Superrotation of Venus: Where's the Torque?

@article{Chafin2014TheSO,
  title={The Superrotation of Venus: Where's the Torque?},
  author={Clifford E. Chafin},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  year={2014}
}
  • C. Chafin
  • Published 31 May 2014
  • Physics, Environmental Science
  • arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
The superrotation of the atmosphere of Venus requires a large torque on the up- per atmosphere. Mechanisms for providing a net balancing of this through waves or ionospheric motions to other parts of the atmosphere have been proposed but all have difficulties. Here we demonstrate that the albedo gradient from the day to night side of the cloud layer allows a gradient of light pressure that is sufficient to provide an external torque to drive this flow. 

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