© 2001

Interplanetary Dust

  • Eberhard Grün
  • Bo Å. S. Gustafson
  • Stan Dermott
  • Hugo Fechtig


  • This book will be regarded as the standard reference on interplanetary dust for many years to come


Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Hugo Fechtig, Christoph Leinert, Otto E. Berg
    Pages 1-55
  3. A. Chantal Levasseur-Regourd, Ingrid Mann, René Dumont, Martha S. Hanner
    Pages 57-94
  4. Zdenek Sekanina, Martha S. Hanner, Elmar K. Jessberger, Marina N. Fomenkova
    Pages 95-161
  5. Tony McDonnell, Neil McBride, Simon F. Green, Paul R. Ratcliff, David J. Gardner, Andrew D. Griffiths
    Pages 163-231
  6. Elmar K. Jessberger, Thomas Stephan, Detlef Rost, Peter Arndt, Mischa Maetz, Frank J. Stadermann et al.
    Pages 253-294
  7. Eberhard Grün, Michael Baguhl, Håkan Svedhem, Herbert A. Zook
    Pages 295-346
  8. Peter Staubach, Eberhard Grün, Mark J. Matney
    Pages 347-384
  9. Siegfried Auer
    Pages 385-444
  10. Tadashi Mukai, Akiko M. Nakamura, Jürgen Blum, Robert E. Johnson, Ove Havnes
    Pages 445-507
  11. Bo Å. S. Gustafson, Ludmilla Kolokolova, Yu-lin Xu, J. Mayo Greenberg, Ralf Stognienko
    Pages 509-567
  12. Stanley F. Dermott, Thomas J. J. Kehoe, Keith Grogan, Daniel D. Durda, Sumita Jayaraman, Stephen J. Kortenkamp et al.
    Pages 569-639
  13. Joseph A. Burns, Douglas P. Hamilton, Mark R. Showalter
    Pages 641-725
  14. Johann Dorschner
    Pages 727-786
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 787-804

About this book


Dust in interplanetary space has many faces: dust originating from comets and asteroids, and interstellar dust sweeping through our solar system. These three components have a genetic relationship: interstellar dust is the solid phase of interstellar matter from which stars and planets form. Cometary dust is the most pristine material from the early solar nebula, and dust from asteroids is material modified during the formation of the solar system. Dusty planetary rings are analogues of the interplanetary dust cloud in their own right. This handbook on the physics of interplanetary dust will be of interest to a broad readership, including astronomers, space scientists and engineers. The following topics are covered in the book: - historical perspectives - optical and thermal properties of interplanetary dust - cometary dust - near-Earth dust environment - meteors - laboratory analysis of collected dust grains - in situ measurements of cosmic dust - impirical modelling of the zodiacal dust cloud - instrumentation for detection and analysis of dust - physical processes affecting dust in space - light scattering by dust grains - orbital evolution of interplanetary dust - dusty planetary rings - interstellar and circumstellar dust


Accretion Celestial mechanics Corona Cosmic Dust Experiment Interplanetary Dust Meteors Planet Planetary system Solar System solar stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • Eberhard Grün
    • 1
  • Bo Å. S. Gustafson
    • 2
  • Stan Dermott
    • 2
  • Hugo Fechtig
    • 1
  1. 1.Saupfercheckweg 1Max-Planck-Institut für KernphysikGermany
  2. 2.University of FloridaDepartment of AstronomyGainesvilleUSA

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"More than twenty years ago, Tony McDonnel reviewed the subject of cosmic dust very comprehensively. After that beautiful work, no good review book on dusts has been published. Not until the recently published book Interplanetary Dust came out. This volume [...] is entirely devoted to discuss this topic and does so very comprehensively. The editors [...] made a tremendous effort to cover every aspect of the interplanetary dusts [...] What is positive about this book is that even a beginner can enjoy reading and can learn a great deal from it. [...] This is clearly ‘a must have’ book for all the astronomy libraries." (Indian Journal of Physics, 77B/5, 2003)

"Interplanetary Dust is an extremely useful addition to the research library bookshelf. It is well referenced, narrowly focussed, and earnestly written." (The Observatory, 2002)