Dusty plasma effects in near earth space and interplanetary medium
Charged dust particles
Near earth orbit
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We review dust and meteoroid fluxes and their dusty plasma effects in the interplanetary medium near Earth orbit and in the Earth's ionosphere. Aside from in-situ measurements from sounding rockets and spacecraft, experimental data cover radar and optical observations of meteors. Dust plasma interactions in the interplanetary medium are observed by the detection of charged dust particles, by the detection of dust that is accelerated in the solar wind and by the detection of ions and neutrals that are released from the dust. These interactions are not well understood and lack quantitative description. There is still a huge discrepancy in the estimates of meteoroid mass deposition into the atmosphere. The radar meteor observations are of particular interest for determining this number. Dust measurements from spacecraft require a better understanding of the dust impact ionization process, as well as of the dust charging processes. The latter are also important for further studying nanodust trajectories in the solar wind. Moreover understanding of the complex dependencies that cause the variation of nanodust fluxes is still a challenge.
CitationMann, I.; Pellinen-Wannberg, A.; Murad, E.; Popova, O.; Meyer-Vernet, N.; Rosenberg, M.; Mukai, T.; Czechowski, A.; Mukai, S.; Safrankova, J.; Nemecek, Z. (2011). Dusty plasma effects in near earth space and interplanetary medium. , Space Science Reviews, Vol. 161, Issue 1-4, Jan-47, DOI: 10.1007/s11214-011-9762-3.