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First results on the evaluation of Haser scale lengths in comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) at r >= 3 AU

Helbert, J. and Rauer, H. and Arpigny, C. and Manfroid, J. and Boehnhardt, H. and Hainaut, O. and Colas, F. and Crovisier, J. and Jorda, L. and Rembor, K. and Thomas, N. and Kueppers, M. (1998) First results on the evaluation of Haser scale lengths in comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) at r >= 3 AU. DPS Meeting, Madison, USA, Oct. 12-17, 1998.

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Due to its exceptional brightness, comet Hale-Bopp offered the possibility for unpreceeded long-term monitoring. Medium resolution long-slit spectroscopic date and images were obtained using the Danish Faint Object Spectrograph (DFSOC) at the 1.54m Danish telescope and the Boller and Chivens spectrograph at the 1.52m ESO telescope, La Silla, Chile. Pre-perihelion, comet Hale-Bopp was monitored from 4.6 AU to 2.9 AU and post-perihelion, the monitoring yields data from 3 AU up to a helioceontric distance of 5 AU. Production rates are often derived by using a simple Haser model to approximate the coma density distribution. This requires knowledge of the destruction scale lengths of the observed daughter species and its parents. As the brightness of most comets diminishes quickly with heliocentric distance, scale lengths have been determined only in comets around 1 AU. Due to a lack of data for large heliocentric distances, production rates in distant comets can only be derived by extrapolating these scale lengths. In this preliminary analysis of our data we evaluate the scale-lengths of NC, C3, C2, and NH2 at heliocentric distances greater than 3 AU post-perihelion. The differences of production rates derived by using these directly determined and the extrapolated scale lengths are discussed.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=1999,
Title:First results on the evaluation of Haser scale lengths in comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) at r >= 3 AU
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Arpigny, C.Univ. Liège
Manfroid, J.Univ. Liège
Boehnhardt, H.ESO
Hainaut, O.ESO
Colas, F.Bur. de Long
Crovisier, J.Obs. de Meudon
Jorda, L.MPIAe
Rembor, K.MPIAe
Thomas, N.MPIAe
Kueppers, M.Univ. Colorado
Event Title:DPS Meeting, Madison, USA, Oct. 12-17, 1998
Organizer:American Astronomical Society
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Institut für Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: Susanne Pieth
Deposited On:08 Dec 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 15:48

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