Energy deposition in the coma of comet 67P probed by Rosetta

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Dept of Physics


The ESA/Rosetta mission is the first to escort a comet along its orbit. It gathered a unique and rich dataset from its arrival in summer 2014 (when comet 67P was at a distance of 3.6 AU from the Sun), through perihelion at 1.2 AU reached in August 2015, and then post-perihelion up to the end of mission on September 30, 2016 (at a distance of 3.8 AU from the Sun). Rosetta observed a plasma of primarily cometary origin from its arrival but which varied and evolved with season, cometocentric distance, outgassing rate, and heliocentric distance. The project will build upon the observations of the neutral coma and plasma environment from the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) and Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC) sensors as well as the Far Ultraviolet measurements from Alice onboard Rosetta. The aims of the project include the identification of the energy source yielding the emissions observed by Alice and the presence of cold and warm plasma populations observed by RPC sensors.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/S505432/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2022
2119010 Studentship ST/S505432/1 01/10/2018 31/03/2022 Peter Patrick STEPHENSON