Comets: a Laboratory for Plasma Waves and Instabilities

  1. Alan Johnstone
  1. Bruce T. Tsurutani

Published Online: 26 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM061p0189

Cometary Plasma Processes

Cometary Plasma Processes

How to Cite

Tsurutani, B. T. (1991) Comets: a Laboratory for Plasma Waves and Instabilities, in Cometary Plasma Processes (ed A. Johnstone), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM061p0189

Author Information

  1. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91109

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


This review discusses the various plasma waves and instabilities detected in the vicinity of comets. Particular emphasis will be placed on nonlinear wave evolution, as well as the role of nonlinear waves in wave-particle interactions. Areas that need further research will be identified to help persons who wish to contribute to the field.