Opportunities for X-ray remote sensing at Mercury

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dc.contributor.author Kellett, B.
dc.contributor.author Dunkin, S. K.
dc.contributor.author Grande, Manuel
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-04T15:33:22Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-04T15:33:22Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Kellett , B , Dunkin , S K & Grande , M 2001 , ' Opportunities for X-ray remote sensing at Mercury ' Planetary and Space Science , vol 49 , no. 14-15 , pp. 1553-1559 . , 10.1016/S0032-0633(01)00092-7 en
dc.identifier.issn 0032-0633
dc.identifier.other PURE: 90087
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1359
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1359
dc.description Grande, Manuel; Dunkin, S. K.; Kellett, B., 'Opportunities for X-ray remote sensing at Mercury', Planetary And Space Science (2001) 49(14-15) pp.1553-1559 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Mercury is the little known innermost terrestrial planet. A number of significant questions remain unanswered. We describe areas in which a compact imaging X-ray spectrometer could make a valuable contribution. It can provide high quality spectroscopic analysis of Mercury, using the fluorescence technique. A solar monitor is required to provide the calibration of the illumination necessary to produce a global map of absolute Hermean elemental abundances. In the case of Mercury studies of the surface and the magnetosphere form a single linked problem. The intense level of the radiation observed by Mariner 10 suggests that the auroral zone, where the energetic radiation interacts with the surface, is a potential intense source of X-rays. We estimate the fluxes. The solar wind may also contribute to X-ray generation, if it can reach the surface during highly excited periods. We describe briefly the instrument characteristics that could produce these observations. en
dc.format.extent 7 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Planetary and Space Science en
dc.title Opportunities for X-ray remote sensing at Mercury en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0032-0633(01)00092-7
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Mathematics & Physics (ADT) en
dc.contributor.institution Mathematics and Physics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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