Dusty Plasma near the Martian Satellite Deimos
The formation of dusty plasma in the near-surface layer above the illuminated part of the Deimos, the satellite of Mars, due to photoelectric and electrostatic processes is analyzed. Using a physicomathematical model self-consistently describing the densities of photoelectrons and dust grains above the illuminated part of Deimos, the distribution function of photoelectrons near its surface is calculated and the altitude dependences of the electric field, as well as of the number density, charge, and size of dust grains, are determined. It is noted that, due to the lower gravity, substantially larger grains are lifted above the surface of Deimos compared to those lifted above the Moon’s surface. In this case, adhesion, which is believed to significantly hamper the detachment of dust grains from the lunar surface, plays a substantially smaller role on Deimos.
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