Lipatov, A. S. and Motschmann, U. and Bagdonat, T. (2002) 3D hybrid simulations of the interaction of the solar wind with a weak comet. Planetary and Space Science, 50 (4), pp. 403-41.
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The interaction of the solar wind with weak comets, leading to the formation of the cometary magnetosphere with different types of structures in the solar wind and heavy ion plasmas, is simulated using a three-dimensional hybrid code. The simulations were performed for a wide range of gas production rates (6.2×1026mol/sQ1028mol/s) and for an interplanetary magnetic field which is perpendicular to the incoming solar wind. When Q<8.2×1026mol/s the cometary atmosphere forms a strong cycloid-type tail, whereas for Q1027mol/s the cometary atmosphere forms a cone-type tail and structuring of the coma occurs. The results of these simulations may be applied to other weak massloading sources, e.g., dusty plasmas and cometary ion dynamics in the inner coma, AMPTE releases, and nonmagnetic bodies like Phobos, Deimos or even Pluto. Furthermore, the results presented here may be important for studying the dynamics of the ionized environment near the `Solar Probe' spacecraft in the future.
|Title:||3D hybrid simulations of the interaction of the solar wind with a weak comet|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Planetary and Space Science|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 403-41|
|Keywords:||Solar wind, Heavy ions, Mach cone, Gas production, Massloading, Splitting, Structuring|
|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|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institut für Weltraumsensorik und Planetenerkundung|
|Deposited By:||elib DLR-Beauftragter|
|Deposited On:||16 Sep 2005|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 19:03|
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