Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso

Ablation

  • Daniel RouanEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_5-4

Definition

Ablation is the erosion of the surface of a solid object in a flow (e.g., during the entrance of an object into the atmosphere) through some physical process, such as formation of a fusion crust, vaporization, or friction.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LESIAObservatoire Paris-Site de MeudonMeudonFrance