The Electron Density and Temperature in the Tail of Comet Giacobini-Zinner

  1. Thomas J. Birmingham and
  2. Alexander J. Dessler
  1. M.L. Marconi and
  2. D.A. Mendis

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/SP027p0242

Comet Encounters

Comet Encounters

How to Cite

Marconi, M.L. and Mendis, D.A. (1988) The Electron Density and Temperature in the Tail of Comet Giacobini-Zinner, in Comet Encounters (eds T. J. Birmingham and A. J. Dessler), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.. doi: 10.1029/SP027p0242

Author Information

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

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875902395

Online ISBN: 9781118668757



  • Comet Giacobini-Zinner;
  • Electron density and temperature;
  • International Cometary Explorer (ICE);
  • Multi-fluid models;
  • Photo-electrons


The electron density and temperature profiles along the tail axis of Comet Giacabini-Zinner are calculated, using a multi-fluid model of an H20-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.