Taurid Complex Meteoroids Detected Near Aphelion With Ulysses

Taylor, A.D. and McDonnell, J.A.M. and Grun, E. (1995) Taurid Complex Meteoroids Detected Near Aphelion With Ulysses. In: B1 Symposium and B1.1, B1.3 Meetings of COSPAR Scientific Commission B, at the 13th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Jul 11-21, 1994, Hamburg, Germany. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Between 3.4 and 4.0 AU the dust detection system aboard the Ulysses spacecraft showed an increase in detection rate for particles with masses greater than 5 x 10(-13) g. The spacecraft meteoroid g. encounter geometry indicates highly eccentric orbits detected near aphelion. The outer Limit of the enhanced flux is imposed as meteoroids on such orbits move outside the aperture of the dust detector. The inner edge of the enhanced flux would be consistent with the aphelion distance acquired by 50-200 mu m particles evolving for 10-20 kyr under Poynting-Robertson drag from an Encke type orbit. We propose such meteoroids provide a source population from which collisional fragmentation produces-particles in the mass range to which the Ulysses detector is sensitive. Daughter fragments produced away from the aphelia of the parent orbits, a similar to 2.2 AU, e similar to 0.85, enter hyperbolic orbits which are not evident in the Ulysses data. The spatial density of fragments from collisions very near aphelion drops off rapidly as they evolve inward under Poynting-Robertson drag while collisions closer to 3.4 AU leave the subsequent peak density outside that radius for a significant fraction of the fragment's subsequent lifetime. The rapid orbital evolution for these collision fragments implies a recent breakup and probably a large reservoir of parent meteoroids.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2009 10:26
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