Cassini Data Analysis and Organic Materials on Solar System Bodies

Grant #: NNX08BA80A
Senior Scientist: Cristina Dalle Ore

1. Cassini Data Analysis:

  1.  Extract spectra and spectral images of Saturn’s satellites from the data provided by the Cassini VIMS experiment (through D. Cruikshank, who is a member of the VIMS team)
  2.  Model VIMS spectra using scattering codes and optical constants of ices, carbonaceous materials, and minerals.
  3.  Maintain and expand the existing library of optical properties of materials of relevance in the modeling of planetary surfaces and atmospheres.

2. Other Data Analysis

  1. Extract information such as band positions, band shapes, continuum levels, etc. from spectra of numerous astronomical objects to aid in the determination of their compositions and the detailed structure of their surfaces and atmospheres.
  2. Model spectra of Pluto, Kuiper Belt Objects, Centaur objects, asteroids, and comets using scattering codes and optical constants of ices, carbonaceous materials, and minerals.