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Charles Lue, Yoshifumi Futaana, Stas Barabash, Martin Wieser, Anil Bhardwaj and Peter Wurz Chandrayaan-1 observations of backscattered solar wind protons from the lunar regolith: Dependence on the solar wind speed Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 119

Article first published online: 7 MAY 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JE004582

Key Points

  • Backscattering efficiency of solar wind protons from lunar surface: ~0.01%–1%
  • Proton backscattering efficiency depends exponentially on impact speed
  • Backscattered protons have peak exit speed at ~80% of impact speed

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