Synergies Between Interstellar Dust And Heliospheric Science With An Interstellar Probe

By Keith Cowing
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August 21, 2023
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Synergies Between Interstellar Dust And Heliospheric Science With An Interstellar Probe
A complicated pattern of ISD trajectories for charge-to-mass ratio 12 C/kg, assuming they made it through the heliosheath (Sterken et al. 2012). — astro-ph.IM

We discuss the synergies between heliospheric and dust science, the open science questions, the technological endeavors and programmatic aspects that are important to maintain or develop in the decade to come.

In particular, we illustrate how we can use interstellar dust in the solar system as a tracer for the (dynamic) heliosphere properties, and emphasize the fairly unexplored, but potentially important science question of the role of cosmic dust in heliospheric and astrospheric physics.

We show that an Interstellar Probe mission with a dedicated dust suite would bring unprecedented advances to interstellar dust research, and can also contribute-through measuring dust – to heliospheric science. This can, in particular, be done well if we work in synergy with other missions inside the solar system, thereby using multiple vantage points in space to measure the dust as it `rolls’ into the heliosphere.

Such synergies between missions inside the solar system and far out are crucial for disentangling the spatially and temporally varying dust flow. Finally, we highlight the relevant instrumentation and its suitability for contributing to finding answers to the research questions.

Veerle J. Sterken, Silvan Hunziker, Kostas Dialynas, Jan Leitner, Maximilian Sommer, Ralf Srama, Lennart R. Baalmann, Aigen Li, Konstantin Herbst, André Galli, Pontus Brandt, My Riebe, Jack Baggaley, Michel Blanc, Andrej Czechowski, Frederic Effenberger, Brian Fields, Priscilla Frisch, Mihaly Horanyi, Hsiang-Wen Hsu, Nozair Khawaja, Harald Krüger, Bill S. Kurth, Niels F. W. Ligterink, Jeffrey L. Linsky, Casey Lisse, David Malaspina, Jesse A. Miller, Merav Opher, Andrew R. Poppe, Frank Postberg, Elena Provornikova, Seth Redfield, John Richardson, Michael Rowan-Robinson, Klaus Scherer, Mitchell M. Shen, Jon D. Slavin, Zoltan Sternovsky, Gunter Stober, Peter Strub, Jamey Szalay, Mario Trieloff

Comments: 18 pages, 7 Figures, 5 Tables. Originally submitted as white paper for the National Academies Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics 2024-2033
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
Cite as: arXiv:2308.10728 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:2308.10728v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Journal reference: RAS Techniques and Instruments, rzad034 (2023)
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From: Veerle Sterken J
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