Nanodust in the Solar System: Discoveries and Interpretations

  • Ingrid Mann
  • Nicole Meyer-Vernet
  • Andrzej Czechowski

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 385)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ingrid Mann, Nicole Meyer-Vernet
    Pages 1-3
  3. Andrzej Czechowski, Ingrid Mann
    Pages 47-75
  4. Hsiang-Wen Hsu, Harald Krüger, Frank Postberg
    Pages 77-117
  5. Vasili Kharchenko, Nicholas Lewkow
    Pages 179-194
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 221-222

About this book


Nanodust and nanometer-sized structures are important components of many objects in space. Nanodust is observed in evolved stars, young stellar objects, protoplanetary disks, and dust debris disks. Within the solar system, nanodust is observed with in-situ experiments from spacecraft. Nanometer-sized substructures are found in the collected cometary and interplanetary dust particles and in meteorites. Understanding the growth and destruction of dust, its internal evolution, as well as the optical properties and the detection of nanoparticles is of fundamental importance for astrophysical research.

This book provides a focused description of the current state of research and experimental results concerning nanodust in the solar system. It addresses three major questions: What is nanodust? How was it discovered in the solar system? And how do we interpret the observations? The book serves as a self-contained reference work for space researchers and provides solid information on nanodust in cosmic environments for researchers working in astrophysics or in other fields of physics.


Cassini plasma spectrometer Growth of nanoparticles Interplanetary medium analyzed Laboratory astrophysics Nanodust modelling Nanodust reference Planet formation and dust Space instrumentation

Editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Mann
    • 1
  • Nicole Meyer-Vernet
    • 2
  • Andrzej Czechowski
    • 3
  1. 1., EISCAT Scientific AssociationHead of ProjectsKirunaSweden
  2. 2., Observatoire de ParisLESIAMeudon CedexFrance
  3. 3., Polish Academy of SciencesSpace Research CentreWarsawPoland

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