Can comets be the only source of interplanetary dust?

  • A. H. Delsemme
6 Concluding Summaries
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 48)


The steady-state of the meteoritic complex can be achieved by the present input rate of cometary dust, if the long-period and “new” comets release a sizeable fraction of their dust, in grains larger than 100 microns.


Cometary Tail Helion Distance Meteor Stream Interplanetary Dust Perihelion Distance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. H. Delsemme
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyThe University of ToledoToledoUSA

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