Bayesian Analysis Of Juno/JIRAM's NIR Observations Of Europa

By Keith Cowing
December 11, 2020
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Bayesian Analysis Of Juno/JIRAM's NIR Observations Of Europa
Europa And Jupiter

Juno spacecraft’s spectrometer JIRAM recently observed the moon Europa in the 2-5 {\mu}m wavelength region. Here we present analysis of the average spectrum of a set of observations near 20°N and 40°W, focusing on the two forms of water-ice – amorphous and crystalline.

We also take this as an opportunity to present a novel Bayesian spectral inversion framework for reflectance spectroscopy. We first validate this framework using simulated spectra of amorphous and crystalline ice mixtures and a laboratory spectrum of crystalline ice.

We next analyze the JIRAM data and, through Bayesian model comparisons, find that a two-component intimately mixed model (TC-IM model) of amorphous and crystalline ice is strongly preferred (at 26{\sigma} confidence) over a two-component model of the same species but where their spectra are areally/linearly mixed. We also find that the TC-IM model is strongly preferred (at > 30{\sigma} confidence) over single-component models with only amorphous or crystalline ice, indicating the presence of both these phases of water ice in the data.

For the highest SNR estimates of the JIRAM data, the TC-IM model solution corresponds to a mixture with a very large number density fraction (99.952 +/- 0.001 \%) of small (23.12 +/- 1.01 microns) amorphous ice grains, and a very small fraction (0.048 +/- 0.001 \%) of large (565.34 +/- 1.01 microns) crystalline ice grains.

The overabundance of small amorphous ice grains we find is consistent with previous studies. The maximum-likelihood spectrum of the TC-IM model, however, is in tension with the data in the regions around 2.5 and 3.6 {\mu}m, and indicates the presence of non-ice components not currently included in our model, primarily due to the limited availability of cryogenic optical constants.

Ishan Mishra, Nikole Lewis, Jonathan Lunine, Paul Helfenstein, Ryan J. MacDonald, Gianrico Filacchione, Mauro Ciarniello

Comments: 34 pages, 18 figures. To appear in Icarus (In Press)
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Journal reference: Icarus (2021): 357, 114215
DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2020.114215
Cite as: arXiv:2012.05240 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2012.05240v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Ishan Mishra
[v1] Wed, 9 Dec 2020 19:00:00 UTC (5,055 KB)

Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA Space Station Payload manager/space biologist, Away Teams, Journalist, Lapsed climber, Synaesthete, Na’Vi-Jedi-Freman-Buddhist-mix, ASL, Devon Island and Everest Base Camp veteran, (he/him) 🖖🏻