Composition and Origin of Cometary Materials

Proceedings of an ISSI Workshop, 14–18 September 1998, Bern, Switzerland

  • K. Altwegg
  • P. Ehrenfreund
  • J. Geiss
  • W. F. Huebner
Conference proceedings

Part of the Space Science Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Gases and Grains in the Coma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Crovisier, D. Bockelée-Morvan
      Pages 19-32
    3. Roland Meier, Tobias C. Owen
      Pages 33-43
    4. Aigen Li, J. Mayo Greenberg
      Pages 69-74
    5. E. Kührt
      Pages 75-82
    6. G. Cremonese
      Pages 83-89
    7. Martha S. Hanner
      Pages 99-108
    8. Marina N. Fomenkova
      Pages 109-114
  3. From Coma Abundances to Nucleus Composition

  4. Origin of Cometary Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. G. Winnewisser, C. Kramer
      Pages 181-202
    3. William M. Irvine
      Pages 203-218
    4. Louis J. Allamandola, Max P. Bernstein, Scott A. Sandford, Robert L. Walker
      Pages 219-232
    5. Pascale Ehrenfreund
      Pages 233-238
    6. J. Geiss, K. Altwegg, H. Balsiger, S. Graf
      Pages 253-268
    7. Katharina Lodders, Rose Osborne
      Pages 289-297
  5. Critical Measurements for the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. G. Schwehm, R. Schulz
      Pages 313-319
    3. Wesley T. Huntress Jr.
      Pages 329-340
    4. L. Colangeli, V. Mennella, J. R. Brucato, P. Palumbo, A. Rotundi
      Pages 341-354
  6. Summary and Indexes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. K. Altwegg, P. Ehrenfreund, J. Geiss, W. F. Huebner, A.-C. Levasseur-Regourd
      Pages 373-389
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 391-412

About these proceedings


Comet nuclei are the most primitive bodies in the solar system. They have been created far away from the early Sun and their material properties have been altered the least since their formation. Thus, the composition and structure of comet nuclei provide the best information about the chemical and thermodynamic conditions in the nebula from which our solar system formed.
In this volume, cometary experts review a broad spectrum of ideas and conclusions based on in situ measurement of Comet Halley and remote sensing observations of the recent bright Comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake. The chemical character of comet nuclei suggests many close similarities with the composition of interstellar clouds. It also suggests material mixing from the inner solar nebula and challenges the importance of the accretion shock in the outer nebula. The book is intended to serve as a guide for researchers and graduate students working in the field of planetology and solar system exploration. Several special indexes focus the reader's attention to detailed results and discussions. It concludes with recommendations for laboratory investigations and for advanced modeling of comets, the solar nebula, and the collapse of interstellar clouds.


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Editors and affiliations

  • K. Altwegg
    • 1
  • P. Ehrenfreund
    • 2
  • J. Geiss
    • 3
  • W. F. Huebner
    • 4
  1. 1.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Leiden ObservatoryLeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland
  4. 4.Southwest Research InstituteSan AntonioUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5830-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4211-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-7525
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