On the similarity of rotational motion of dust grains in the inner atmosphere of comets

DOI: 
10.1093/mnras/stad2665
Publication date: 
11/09/2023
Main author: 
Ivanovski, Stavro L.
IAA authors: 
Moreno, F.;Muñoz, O.
Authors: 
Ivanovski, Stavro L.;Zakharov, V. V.;Moreno, F.;Bykov, N. Y.;Muñoz, O.;Fulle, M.;Rotundi, A.;Corte, V. Della;Rodionov, A. V.
Journal: 
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication type: 
Article
Abstract: 
In-situ measurements of individual dust grain parameters in the immediate vicinity of a cometary nucleus are being carried by the Rosetta spacecraft at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. For interpretation of these observational data, a model of dust grain motion as realistic as possible is requested. In particular, the results of Stardust mission and analysis of samples of interplanetary dust have shown that these particles are highly non-spherical. In many cases the precise simulation of aspherical grain's dynamics is either impossible or computationally too expensive. In such situation it is proposed to use available experimental or numerical data for other conditions and rescale them considering similarity of the physical process. In the present paper we focus on derivation of scaling laws of rotational motion applicable for any shape of particles. We use a set of universal, dimensionless parameters characterizing the dust motion in the inner cometary coma. The scaling relations for translational and rotational motion of dust grains in a cometary environment are proposed. The scaled values are compared with numerically computed ones in our previous works.
Database: 
ADS
URL: 
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2023MNRAS.tmp.2635I/abstract
ADS Bibcode: 
2023MNRAS.tmp.2635I
Keywords: 
comets: general;methods: numerical