Inferring sources in the interplanetary dust cloud, from observations and simulations of zodiacal light and thermal emission.

Anny Chantal Levasseur-Regourd 1 Jérémie Lasue 2
1 IMPEC - LATMOS
LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : Interplanetary dust particles physical properties may be approached through observations of the solar light they scatter, specially its polarization, and of their thermal emission. Results, at least near the ecliptic plane, on polarization phase curves and on the heliocentric dependence of the local spatial density, albedo, polarization and temperature are summarized. As far as interpretations through simulations are concerned, a very good fit of the polarization phase curve near 1.5 AU is obtained for a mixture of silicates and more absorbing organics material, with a significant amount of fluffy aggregates. In the 1.5-0.5 AU solar distance range, the temperature variation suggests the presence of a large amount of absorbing organic compounds, while the decrease of the polarization with decreasing solar distance is indeed compatible with a decrease of the organics towards the Sun. Such results are in favor of the predominance of dust of cometary origin in the interplanetary dust cloud, at least below 1.5 AU. The implication of these results on the delivery of complex organic molecules on Earth during the LHB epoch, when the spatial density of the interplanetary dust cloud was orders of magnitude greater than today, is discussed.
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Anny Chantal Levasseur-Regourd, Jérémie Lasue. Inferring sources in the interplanetary dust cloud, from observations and simulations of zodiacal light and thermal emission.. Meteoroids: The Smallest Solar System Bodies, Proceedings of the Meteroids Conference, May 2010, Breckenridge, United States. pp.66-75. ⟨hal-00686999⟩

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