Geophysical Research Letters

The electron density and temperature in the tail of comet Giacobini-Zinner

Authors

  • M. L. Marconi,

    1. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and The Center for Astrophysics and Space Science, University of California, San Diego
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  • D. A. Mendis

    1. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and The Center for Astrophysics and Space Science, University of California, San Diego
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Abstract

The electron density and temperature profiles along the tail axis of Comet Giacabini-Zinner are calculated, using a multi-fluid model of an H2O-dominated atmosphere. The results obtained using this model, which was developed prior to ICE, are compared to the data from the mission and are found to be in satisfactory agreement with the ICE observations.

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