Radiation Processing of Dust, Asteroids and Moons: Space Weathering and Cosmochemistry
Dust in space is shaped and modified by radiation from stars, and provides a surface on which diffuse gases of simple molecules can react and form new chemical species. While these processes are first identified by telescope and spacecraft measurements, laboratory measurements and mathematical modeling are needed to determine the specifics of the surface interactions. This talk will discuss recent investigations of the chemical and physical changes produced in dust grains by charged particle radiation and in order to explain observations on several small bodies in the solar system.
Schaible, Micah, "Radiation Processing of Dust, Asteroids and Moons: Space Weathering and Cosmochemistry" (2016). Public Lecture Series. 70.