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Cometary pick-up ions observed near Giacobini-ZinnerThe number and energy density of cometary water-group ions observed near Comet Giacobini-Zinner are derived using the rest-frame distribution functions. The data reveal that density profiles of inbound and outbound passes and their shape correlate with pick-up ion production model predictions. The lose rate and production rate of water-group cometary molecules calculated from predicted and measured density profiles are 2 x 10 to the -6th/sec and 2.6 x 10 to the 28th/sec respectively. The shapes of the distribution functions are examined to study the solar wind/cometary ions interaction process.
Document ID
19860047277
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Gloeckler, G. (Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Hovestadt, D. (Maryland, University College Park, United States)
Ipavich, F. M. (Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Scholer, M. (Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Klecker, B. (Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik Garching, Germany)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1986
Publication Information
Publication: Geophysical Research Letters
Volume: 13
ISSN: 0094-8276
Subject Category
ASTROPHYSICS
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAGW-101
CONTRACT_GRANT: BMFT-RV14-B8/74
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS5-28704
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGR-21-002-316
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