Reference : The impact and rotational light curves of Comet 9P/Tempel 1
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Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences : Space science, astronomy & astrophysics
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/33915
The impact and rotational light curves of Comet 9P/Tempel 1
English
Manfroid, Jean mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) >]
Hutsemekers, Damien mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
Jehin, Emmanuel mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astrophysique et traitement de l'image >]
Cochran, Anita L [Department of Astronomy and McDonald Observatory, University of Texas at Austin, C-1400, Austin, TX, USA]
Arpigny, Claude mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) >]
Jackson, William M [Department of Chemistry, University of California, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA]
Meech, Karen J [Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI, USA]
Schulz, Rita [ESA/RSSD, ESTEC, P.O. Box 299, NL-2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands]
Zucconi, Jean-Marc [Observatoire de Besançon, F25010 Besançon Cedex, France]
2007
Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies
Academic Press
191
348-359
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0019-1035
San Diego
CA
[en] UVES and HIRES high-resolution spectra of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 are used to investigate the impact and rotational light curves of various species with a view toward building a simple model of the distribution and activity of the sources. The emission by OH, NH, CN, C[SUB]3[/SUB], CH, C[SUB]2[/SUB], NH[SUB]2[/SUB], and OI, are analyzed, as well as the light scattered by the dust. It is found that a simple model reproduces fairly well the impact light curves of all species combining the production of the observed molecules and the expansion of the material throughout the slit. The impact light curves are consistent with velocities of 400 600 m/s. Their modeling requires a three-step dissociation sequence ``Grand-Parent --> Parent --> Daughter'' to produce the observed molecules. The rotational light curve for each species is explained in terms of a single model with three sources. The dust component can however not easily be explained that way.
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/33915
10.1016/j.icarus.2006.08.033
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007Icar..191S.348M
http://de.arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0608611
Originally published in Icarus, Vol. 187, p. 144-155 (2007)

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