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Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 13, 223-229, 2006
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21 Jun 2006
Charged dust and shock phenomena in the Solar System
S. I. Popel1 and A. A. Gisko2 1Institute for Dynamics of Geospheres, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
2Prokhorov Institute of General Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Abstract. The results on shock phenomena in dusty plasmas of the Solar System are reviewed. The problems of dust ion acoustic bow shock in interaction of the solar wind with dusty cometary coma and formation of transient atmospheres of atmosphereless cosmic bodies such as Moon, Mercury, asteroids and comets are considered. The latter assumes the evolution of meteoroid impact plumes and production of charged dust grains due to the condensation of both the plume substance and the vapor thrown from the crater and the surrounding regolith layer. Physical phenomena occurring during large meteoroid impacts can be modeled with the aid of active rocket experiments, which involve the release of some gaseous substance in near-Earth space. New vistas in investigation of shock processes in natural dusty plasmas are determined.

Citation: Popel, S. I. and Gisko, A. A.: Charged dust and shock phenomena in the Solar System, Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 13, 223-229, doi:10.5194/npg-13-223-2006, 2006.
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