The phase function and density of the dust observed at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

DOI: 
10.1093/mnras/sty464
Publication date: 
01/02/2018
Main author: 
Fulle, Marco
IAA authors: 
Moreno, F.;Gutiérrez, P. J.;Lara, M. L.;López-Moreno, J. J.
Authors: 
Fulle, Marco;Bertini, I.;Della Corte, V.;Güttler, C.;Ivanovski, S.;La Forgia, F.;Lasue, J.;Levasseur-Regourd, A. C.;Marzari, F.;Moreno, F.;Mottola, S.;Naletto, G.;Palumbo, P.;Rinaldi, G.;Rotundi, A.;Sierks, H.;Barbieri, C.;Lamy, P. L.;Rodrigo, R.;Koschny, D.;Rickman, H.;Barucci, M. A.;Bertaux, J. -L.;Bodewits, D.;Cremonese, G.;Da Deppo, V.;Davidsson, B.;Debei, S.;De Cecco, M.;Deller, J.;Fornasier, S.;Groussin, O.;Gutiérrez, P. J.;Hviid, H. S.;Ip, W. H.;Jorda, L.;Keller, H. U.;Knollenberg, J.;Kramm, J. R.;Kührt, E.;Küppers, M.;Lara, M. L.;Lazzarin, M.;López-Moreno, J. J.;Shi, X.;Thomas, N.;Tubiana, C.
Journal: 
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Refereed: 
Yes
Publication type: 
Article
Pages: 
2835-2839
Abstract: 
The OSIRIS camera onboard Rosetta measured the phase function of both the coma dust and the nucleus. The two functions have a very different slope versus the phase angle. Here we show that the nucleus phase function should be adopted to convert the brightness to the size of dust particles larger than 2.5 mm only. This makes the dust bursts observed close to Rosetta by OSIRIS, occurring about every hour, consistent with the fragmentation on impact with Rosetta of parent particles, whose flux agrees with the dust flux observed by GIADA. OSIRIS also measured the anti-sunward acceleration of the fragments, thus providing the first direct measurement of the solar radiation force acting on the dust fragments and thus of their bulk density, excluding any measurable rocket effect by the ice sublimation from the dust. The obtained particle density distribution has a peak matching the bulk density of most COSIMA particles, and represents a subset of the density distribution measured by GIADA. This implies a bias in the elemental abundances measured by COSIMA, which thus are consistent with the 67P dust mass fractions inferred by GIADA, i.e. (38 ± 8)% of hydrocarbons versus the (62 ± 8)% of sulfides and silicates.
Database: 
ADS
SCOPUS
URL: 
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2018MNRAS.476.2835F/abstract
ADS Bibcode: 
2018MNRAS.476.2835F
Keywords: 
comets: general;comets: individual: 67P/Churyumov;Gerasimenko;space vehicles