Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Coagulation, Interstellar Dust Grains

  • William M. Irvine
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_312-3


Low-energy collisions of interstellar grains can result in the growth of the grains or grain aggregates, a process sometimes referred to as coagulation. The structure of the grains or aggregates presumably depends on the size and structure of the colliding particles and possibly on the presence or absence of an icy grain mantle.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of Massachusetts, Lederle Graduate Research Tower B 619EAmherstUSA