Local interstellar cloud grains outside the heliopause
Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Bartycka 18A, 00-716 Warsaw, Poland
2 Institut fuer Planetologie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, 48149 Muenster, Germany
Corresponding author: A. Czechowski, email@example.com
Accepted: 18 July 2003
The dynamics of small (~0.01 μm) interstellar grains in the heliospheric transition region is studied using numerical simulations. The velocity distributions of the grains at the boundary of the heliosphere are found to depend sensitively on the global structure of the transition region, in particular on the presence of the heliospheric bow shock, and can be also used to estimate the charge-to-mass ratio of grains. The simulations include the grain impact velocity distributions that could be measured on board an Interstellar Probe spacecraft. Similar dust dynamics is expected around astrospheres.
Key words: ISM: dust, extinction / ISM: kinematics and dynamics / magnetic fields / interplanetary medium / Sun: solar wind
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