Rotational bursting of interplanetary dust particles

  • Stephen J. Paddack
  • John W. Rhee
5 Dynamics and Evolution
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 48)


Solar radiation pressure can cause rotational bursting and eventual elimination from the solar system of small asymmetric interplanetary particles by a windmill effect. The life span determined by this process for stony meteoritic material or tektite glass with radii of 1 cm is on the order of 105 years.Same size material which contains iron, nickel or aluminum, with properties. such that it is subject to 5 percent of the amount of spin damping as pure metals, can be removed from the solar system on the order of 106 years by this process. Ordinary chondritic material, despite its high resistivity, is subject to a type of magnetic spin damping, in addition to the normal spin damping, with the consequent result that this type material cannot be removed from the solar system by this process.This depletion mechanism appears to work faster than the traditional Poynting-Robertson effect by approximately two orders of magnitude for the nonmetallic particles and one order of magnitude for the metallic particles.


Solar System Interplanetary Magnetic Field Radiation Pressure Metallic Particle Magnetic Spin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen J. Paddack
    • 1
  • John W. Rhee
    • 2
  1. 1.Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbelt
  2. 2.University of MarylandCollege Park

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