Probing the interaction between comets and the solar wind

D. Bodewits*, R. Hoekstra, A. G. G. M. Tielens

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Abstract

The fast ions in the solar wind interact with neutral molecules and atoms in the coma of comets through charge exchange processes. The resulting excited species decay through ultraviolet or X-ray emission. Conversely, observations of cometary far ultraviolet and X-ray emission can provide detailed insight in the interaction between comets and the solar wind. Based on an extensive interaction model, we identify the principal experimental and observational needs for the interpretation of cometary XUV emission.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationX-RAY DIAGNOSTICS OF ASTROPHYSICAL PLASMAS
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Experiment, and Observation
PublisherAIP Conference proceedings
Pages261-269
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0735402590, 9780735402591
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13-Jun-2005
EventX-RAY DIAGNOSTICS OF ASTROPHYSICAL PLASMAS: Theory, Experiment, and Observation - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 15-Nov-200417-Nov-2004

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume774
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Conference

ConferenceX-RAY DIAGNOSTICS OF ASTROPHYSICAL PLASMAS: Theory, Experiment, and Observation
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period15/11/200417/11/2004

Keywords

  • Charge transfer
  • Comets
  • Electron capture
  • Far Ultraviolet
  • Solar wind
  • X-ray

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