Effect of the solar wind on the formation of a photoinduced dusty plasma layer near the surface of the Moon
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A dusty plasma layer formed near the illuminated part of the surface of the Moon under the action of ultraviolet radiation, as well as fast and slow solar wind, has been numerically simulated. The numerical calculations including the photoemission properties of lunar regolith samples delivered to the Earth have been compared to estimates within known theoretical models. It has been shown that the flux of solar wind particles plays an important role in the formation of the surface photoelectron layer. The conditions of the charging and stable levitation of dust particles in the surface plasma layer of the Moon have been analyzed.
KeywordsSolar Wind Dust Particle JETP Letter Dusty Plasma Lunar Surface
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