Electron Impact Ionization in the Vicinity of Comets

  1. Thomas J. Birmingham and
  2. Alexander J. Dessler
  1. T.E. Cravens,
  2. J.U. Kozyra,
  3. A.F. Nagy,
  4. T.I. Gombosi and
  5. M. Kurtz

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/SP027p0185

Comet Encounters

Comet Encounters

How to Cite

Cravens, T.E., Kozyra, J.U., Nagy, A.F., Gombosi, T.I. and Kurtz, M. (2013) Electron Impact Ionization in the Vicinity of Comets, in Comet Encounters (eds T. J. Birmingham and A. J. Dessler), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.. doi: 10.1029/SP027p0185

Author Information

  1. Space Physics Research Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1988

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875902395

Online ISBN: 9781118668757

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Keywords:

  • Electron distribution function;
  • Electron impact ionization process;
  • Extreme ultraviolet radiation (EUV);
  • International Cometary Exploration (ICE);
  • Maxwellian electron distributions;
  • Photoionization process;
  • Plasma mantle

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Review of the Photoionization Process

  • Review of the Charge Exchange Process

  • Electron Impact Ionization Cross Sections

  • Electron Impact Ionization Frequencies for Maxwellian Electron Distributions

  • Electron Impact Ionization Rates from Measured Electron Distributions

  • Plasma Mantle: Electron Distributions in Cometary Plasma Region

  • Discussion