Does comet 67P have a Dusty Plasma Environment? Is one of the questions being investigated at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting.
It has been long debated if dusty plasmas (that exhibit collective behavior) exist near comets. This talk examines some basic scaling laws and concludes that in the vicinity of the nucleus of 67P/C-G the conditions are right for the existence of dusty plasmas. The big question is: can these plasmas be observed with the instrument package on the Rosetta spacecraft.
Does 67P/C-G Have a Dusty Plasma Environment?
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