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JETP Letters

, Volume 108, Issue 6, pp 356–363 | Cite as

Formation of Dusty Plasma Clouds at Meteoroid Impact on the Surface of the Moon

  • S. I. PopelEmail author
  • A. P. Golub’
  • A. V. Zakharov
  • L. M. Zelenyi
  • A. A. Berezhnoy
  • E. S. Zubko
  • M. Iten
  • R. Lena
  • S. Sposetti
  • Yu. I. Velikodsky
  • A. A. Tereshchenko
  • B. Atamaniuk
Astrophysics and Cosmology

Abstract

The nature of two dusty plasma clouds appearing because of the impact of a meteoroid on the surface of the Moon has been discussed. It has been shown that one of the clouds is formed by particles (or fragments) of regolith ejected into free space by a shock wave induced by the meteoroid impact on the surface of the Moon and the second cloud is formed by solidified melt droplets. The main characteristics of these clouds, including the cloud expansion rates, the characteristic sizes of particles in both clouds, and the concentrations and charges of particles, have been calculated. The calculated cloud expansion rates are in qualitative agreement with the observational data.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. I. Popel
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • A. P. Golub’
    • 1
  • A. V. Zakharov
    • 1
  • L. M. Zelenyi
    • 1
    • 3
  • A. A. Berezhnoy
    • 4
  • E. S. Zubko
    • 5
  • M. Iten
    • 6
  • R. Lena
    • 7
  • S. Sposetti
    • 8
  • Yu. I. Velikodsky
    • 9
  • A. A. Tereshchenko
    • 9
  • B. Atamaniuk
    • 10
  1. 1.Space Research InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University)Dolgoprudnyi, Moscow regionRussia
  4. 4.Sternberg Astronomical InstituteMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  5. 5.Far Eastern Federal UniversityVladivostokRussia
  6. 6.Garden ObservatoryGordolaSwitzerland
  7. 7.Geologic Lunar Research (GLR) GroupRomeItaly
  8. 8.Gnosca ObservatoryGnoscaSwitzerland
  9. 9.National Aviation UniversityKyivUkraine
  10. 10.Space Research CentrePolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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