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Plasma distribution around comet 67P in the last month of the Rosetta mission

Németh, Zoltán and Timár, Anikó and Szegő, Károly and Henri, P. and Hajra, R. (2019) Plasma distribution around comet 67P in the last month of the Rosetta mission. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. (Submitted)

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Abstract

After accompanying comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on its journey around the Sun and observing the evolution of its induced magnetosphere throughout the comet's life-cycle, the Rosetta operations concluded at the end of September 2016 with a controlled impact on the cometary nucleus. At that time, the comet was located more than 3.8 AU from the Sun, but the data still show clear indications of a small but well developed plasma environment around the nucleus. Rosetta observed this fading cometary magnetosphere along multiple recurring elliptical orbits, which allow us to investigate its properties and spatial structure. We examined the measured electron densities along these consecutive orbits, from which we were able to determine the structure of the plasma distribution using a simple latitude and longitude dependent model.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QB Astronomy, Astrophysics / csillagászat, asztrofizika
Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok > QE01 Geophysics / geofizika
Depositing User: Dr. Zoltán Németh
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 04:21
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 12:49
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/101055

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