Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
Tracing the gas composition of Titan´s stratosphere from space, ground and airborne-based observatories
The nitrogen (N2)-dominated atmosphere of Titan exhibits a great diversity and complexity of molecules and high organic material abundances. In its stratosphere (40–320 km), complex chemistry is still in action, and this atmospheric region is probed mainly via submillimetre and infrared spectroscopy. Observations at different spectral ranges, spectral resolutions and sensitivities, and at different temporal coverage during a Titan’s year (29.5 Earth years) offer the opportunity of exploring and helping to advance the study of the abundance distributions. In this contribution we report the results from spectra of Titan taken with the Herschel Space Observatory, the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), IRAM 30-m observatory and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).