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2.1.3 Composition of Impact-Plasma measured by a HELIOS-Micrometeoroid-Detector

  • B.-K. Dalmann (a1), E. Grün (a1) and J. Kissel (a1)

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The composition of the impact-plasma, produced by dust particles hitting an Au-target was measured, using a model of the HELIOS-mlcrometeoroid-detector. The 2 MV dust accelerators of the MPI für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, and the NASA Ames Research Center were used to accelerate particles consisting of Al, Al2O3, SiO2, Soda-Lime-Glass, Polystyrene and Kaolin to velocities between 2 km/sec and 15 km/sec. Fe-projectiles could be accelerated up to 40 km/sec. The masses of the dust grains were between 10−15 g and 3 × 10−10 g. The experiments showed, that because of the characteristic features of the measured spectra it is possible to separate noise events from impacts even at a high noise background. The smallest particles (m 10−15 g) triggering the experiment produce spectra well above the noise level (more than a factor 10) because of the high sensitivity of the ion-detector (multiplier).

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2.1.3 Composition of Impact-Plasma measured by a HELIOS-Micrometeoroid-Detector

  • B.-K. Dalmann (a1), E. Grün (a1) and J. Kissel (a1)

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