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Electrostatic modelling of the lunar soil; how electrostatic processes in the lunar dust may generate the ion-cloud levitating above the surface of the Moon; experiments in a model instrument



Electrostatic modelling of the lunar soil; how electrostatic processes in the lunar dust may generate the ion-cloud levitating above the surface of the Moon; experiments in a model instrument



Acta Mineralogica-Petrographica 43(Pages 55-58



According to the measurements of Surveyor landers and Apollo 17 LEAM experiments a levitating lunar dust cloud appears above the lunar surface. We studied the united acts by UV radiation and solar wind from the Sun and the micrometeorite bombardment processes which we suggest generate through electrostatic processes an ion-cloud above any dusty (i.e. lunar) planetary surface. This levitating ion-cloud forms a quasi-atmosphere where charged dust particles can take part in different roles.

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