Dust-Plasma Interactions in the Cometary Environment

  1. Alan Johnstone
  1. D.A. Mendis1 and
  2. M. Horanyi2

Published Online: 26 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM061p0017

Cometary Plasma Processes

Cometary Plasma Processes

How to Cite

Mendis, D.A. and Horanyi, M. (1991) Dust-Plasma Interactions in the Cometary Environment, in Cometary Plasma Processes (ed A. Johnstone), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM061p0017

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093

  2. 2

    Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona Tucson ,Arizona 85721

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1991

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900278

Online ISBN: 9781118663660



  • Comets;
  • Space plasmas;
  • Astrophysics


Cometary dust, by virtue of being immersed in a plasma and UV radiative environment are necessarily electrically charged. This charging can lead to both physical and dynamical effects on the dust. On the other hand the dust could have certain effects on the plasma as well as on the interplanetary magnetic field. These processes are discussed and the observations, both remote and in-situ, which pertain to them are critically reviewed.