Nanodust in the Solar System: Discoveries and Interpretations

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Ingrid Mann, Nicole Meyer-Vernet, Andrzej Czechowski
Springer Science & Business Media, May 30, 2012 - Science - 222 pages

Nanodust and nanometer-sized structures are important components of many objects in space. Nanodust is observed in evolved stars, young stellar objects, protoplanetary disks, and dust debris disks. Within the solar system, nanodust is observed with in-situ experiments from spacecraft. Nanometer-sized substructures are found in the collected cometary and interplanetary dust particles and in meteorites. Understanding the growth and destruction of dust, its internal evolution, as well as the optical properties and the detection of nanoparticles is of fundamental importance for astrophysical research.

This book provides a focused description of the current state of research and experimental results concerning nanodust in the solar system. It addresses three major questions: What is nanodust? How was it discovered in the solar system? And how do we interpret the observations? The book serves as a self-contained reference work for space researchers and provides solid information on nanodust in cosmic environments for researchers working in astrophysics or in other fields of physics.

 

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Contents

Discoveries and Interpretations Introduction
2
Discoveries and Interpretations Nanodust in the Interstellar Medium in Comparison to the Solar System
5
Discoveries and Interpretations Phenomena of Nanoparticles in Relation to the Solar System
31
Discoveries and Interpretations Nanodust Dynamics in Interplanetary Space
47
Discoveries and Interpretations Dynamics Composition and Origin of Jovian and Saturnian DustStream Particles
76
Discoveries and Interpretations Nanodust Measurements by the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer
119
Discoveries and Interpretations In Situ Detection of Interplanetary and Jovian Nanodust with Radio and Plasma Wave Instruments
133
Discoveries and Interpretations Erosion Processes Affecting Interplanetary Dust Grains
161
Discoveries and Interpretations ChargeExchange and Xray Processes with Nanodust Particles
179
Discoveries and Interpretations Causes and Consequences of the Existence of Nanodust in Interplanetary Space
195
Discoveries and Interpretations Index
220
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