Synergies between interstellar dust and heliospheric science with an interstellar probe

Sterken, Veerle J; Hunziker, S; Dialynas, K; Leitner, J; Sommer, M; Srama, R; Baalmann, L R; Li, A; Herbst, K; Galli, A; Brandt, P; Riebe, M; Baggaley, W J; Blanc, M; Czechowski, A; Effenberger, F; Fields, B; Frisch, P; Horanyi, M; Hsu, H-W; ... (2023). Synergies between interstellar dust and heliospheric science with an interstellar probe. RAS techniques and instruments, 2(1), pp. 532-547. Oxford University Press 10.1093/rasti/rzad034

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We discuss the synergies between heliospheric and dust science, the open science questions, the technological endeavours, and programmatic aspects that are important to maintain or develop in the decade to come. In particular, we illustrate how we can use interstellar dust in the solar system as a tracer for the (dynamic) heliosphere properties, and emphasize the fairly unexplored, but potentially important science question of the role of cosmic dust in heliospheric and astrospheric physics. We show that an interstellar probe mission with a dedicated dust suite would bring unprecedented advances to interstellar dust research, and can also contribute – through measuring dust – to heliospheric science. This can, in particular, be done well if we work in synergy with other missions inside the solar system, thereby using multiple vantage points in space to measure the dust as it ‘rolls’ into the heliosphere. Such synergies between missions inside the solar system and far out are crucial for disentangling the spatially and temporally varying dust flow. Finally, we highlight the relevant instrumentation and its suitability for contributing to finding answers to the research questions.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Applied Physics
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Applied Physics > Microwaves
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute

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Galli, A


500 Science > 520 Astronomy
500 Science > 530 Physics
600 Technology > 620 Engineering




Oxford University Press




Simone Corry

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08 Sep 2023 14:58

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08 Sep 2023 15:07

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