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Solar Physics

, Volume 256, Issue 1–2, pp 475–488 | Cite as

STEREO SECCHI and S/WAVES Observations of Spacecraft Debris Caused by Micron-Size Interplanetary Dust Impacts

  • O. C. St. CyrEmail author
  • M. L. Kaiser
  • N. Meyer-Vernet
  • R. A. Howard
  • R. A. Harrison
  • S. D. Bale
  • W. T. Thompson
  • K. Goetz
  • M. Maksimovic
  • J.-L. Bougeret
  • D. Wang
  • S. Crothers
STEREO SCIENCE RESULTS AT SOLAR MINIMUM

Abstract

Early in the STEREO mission observers noted that the white-light instruments of the SECCHI suite were detecting significantly more spacecraft-related “debris” than any previously flown coronagraphic instruments. Comparison of SECCHI “debris storms” with S/WAVES indicates that almost all are coincident with the most intense transient emissions observed by the radio and plasma waves instrument. We believe the debris is endogenous (i.e., from the spacecraft thermal blanketing), and the storms appear to be caused by impacts of large interplanetary dust grains that are detected by S/WAVES. Here we report the observations, compare them to interplanetary dust distributions, and document a reminder for future spacebased coronagraphic instrument builders.

Keywords

Langmuir Wave Star Tracker Interplanetary Dust Heliospheric Imager Thermal Blanketing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. C. St. Cyr
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. L. Kaiser
    • 1
  • N. Meyer-Vernet
    • 2
  • R. A. Howard
    • 3
  • R. A. Harrison
    • 4
  • S. D. Bale
    • 5
  • W. T. Thompson
    • 1
    • 6
  • K. Goetz
    • 7
  • M. Maksimovic
    • 2
  • J.-L. Bougeret
    • 2
  • D. Wang
    • 3
    • 8
  • S. Crothers
    • 4
  1. 1.NASA-Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  2. 2.LESIA, CNRS, UPMC, Université Paris DiderotObservatoire de ParisMeudonFrance
  3. 3.Naval Research LaboratoryWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Rutherford-Appleton LaboratoryChilton, DidcotUK
  5. 5.Physics Department and Space Sciences LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  6. 6.Adnet Systems, Inc.RockvilleUSA
  7. 7.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  8. 8.InterferometricsHerndonUSA

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