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Volume 28, Issue 1


Photoluminescence and Cathodoluminescence of the Solid Cometary Substance

Irakli Simonia
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  • School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Ilia State University, Cholokashvili str., 3/5, Tbilisi, 0162, Georgia
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/ Arnold Gucsik
  • Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa; Department of Nonlinear and Laser Optics, Wigner Research Institute for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
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Published Online: 2019-01-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/astro-2019-0003


We have proposed that solar ultraviolet and corpuscular radiations may excite photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence of the solid cometary substance including mineral halos of comets. Main characteristics of such possible luminescence and physical mechanisms of these phenomena have considered. Results of the tentative identification of previously unknown cometary emissions and data of laboratory research of meteorites are presented. We have shown as well that cometary solid substance may demonstrate red luminescence - similar of red luminescence by the circumstellar dust. Some other aspects of the problem have also been considered.

Keywords: asteroids; comets; mineralogy; solar wind; solar radiation


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About the article

Received: 2018-03-05

Accepted: 2018-07-02

Published Online: 2019-01-31

Published in Print: 2019-01-01

Citation Information: Open Astronomy, Volume 28, Issue 1, Pages 1–12, ISSN (Online) 2543-6376, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/astro-2019-0003.

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