Space Science Reviews

, Volume 110, Issue 3–4, pp 269–305 | Cite as

Dust Near The Sun

  • Ingrid Mann
  • Hiroshi Kimura
  • Douglas A. Biesecker
  • Bruce T. Tsurutani
  • Eberhard Grün
  • R. Bruce McKibben
  • Jer-Chyi Liou
  • Robert M. MacQueen
  • Tadashi Mukai
  • Madhulika Guhathakurta
  • Philippe Lamy


We review the current knowledge and understanding of dust in the inner solar system. The major sources of the dust population in the inner solar system are comets and asteroids, but the relative contributions of these sources are not quantified. The production processes inward from 1 AU are: Poynting-Robertson deceleration of particles outside of 1 AU, fragmentation into dust due to particle-particle collisions, and direct dust production from comets. The loss processes are: dust collisional fragmentation, sublimation, radiation pressure acceleration, sputtering, and rotational bursting. These loss processes as well as dust surface processes release dust compounds in the ambient interplanetary medium. Between 1 and 0.1 AU the dust number densities and fluxes can be described by inward extrapolation of 1 AU measurements, assuming radial dependences that describe particles in close to circular orbits. Observations have confirmed the general accuracy of these assumptions for regions within 30° latitude of the ecliptic plane. The dust densities are considerably lower above the solar poles but Lorentz forces can lift particles of sizes < 5 μm to high latitudes and produce a random distribution of small grains that varies with the solar magnetic field. Also long-period comets are a source of out-of-ecliptic particles. Under present conditions no prominent dust ring exists near the Sun. We discuss the recent observations of sungrazing comets. Future in-situ experiments should measure the complex dynamics of small dust particles, identify the contribution of cometary dust to the inner-solar-system dust cloud, and determine dust interactions in the ambient interplanetary medium. The combination of in-situ dust measurements with particle and field measurements is recommended.


Dust Ecliptic Plane Solar Magnetic Field Dust Production Cometary Dust 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid Mann
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Kimura
    • 1
  • Douglas A. Biesecker
    • 2
  • Bruce T. Tsurutani
    • 3
  • Eberhard Grün
    • 4
  • R. Bruce McKibben
    • 5
  • Jer-Chyi Liou
    • 6
  • Robert M. MacQueen
    • 7
  • Tadashi Mukai
    • 8
  • Madhulika Guhathakurta
    • 9
  • Philippe Lamy
    • 10
  1. 1.Institut für PlanetologieWestfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany
  2. 2.NOAA, Space Environment CenterBoulderUSA
  3. 3.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  4. 4.Max-Planck-Institut für KernphysikHeidelbergGermany
  5. 5.Department of Physics and Space Science CenterUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  6. 6.Lockheed Martin Space OperationsHoustonUSA
  7. 7.Rhodes CollegeMemphisUSA
  8. 8.Graduate School of Science and TechnologyKobe UniversityKobeJapan
  9. 9.NASA HeadquartersWashington D.C.USA
  10. 10.Laboratoire d'Astrophysique MarseilleFrance

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