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Title: On shock waves and the role of hyperthermal chemistry in the early diffusion of overdense meteor trains
Authors: Silber, E. A.
Hocking, W. K.
Niculescu, M. L.
Gritsevich, M.
Silber, R. E.
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: On shock waves and the role of hyperthermal chemistry in the early diffusion of overdense meteor trains / E. A. Silber, W. K. Hocking, M. L. Niculescu, et al. — DOI 10.1093/mnras/stx923 // Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. — 2017. — Vol. 469. — Iss. 2. — P. 1869-1882.
Abstract: Studies of meteor trails have until now been limited to relatively simple models, with the trail often being treated as a conducting cylinder, and the head (if considered at all) treated as a ball of ionized gas. In this article, we bring the experience gleaned from other fields to the domain of meteor studies, and adapt this prior knowledge to give a much clearer view of the microscale physics and chemistry involved in meteor-trail formation, with particular emphasis on the first 100 or so milliseconds of the trail formation.We discuss and examine the combined physicochemical effects of meteor-generated and ablationally amplified cylindrical shock waves that appear in the ambient atmosphere immediately surrounding the meteor train, as well as the associated hyperthermal chemistry on the boundaries of the high temperature post-adiabatically expanding meteor train. We demonstrate that the cylindrical shock waves produced by overdense meteors are sufficiently strong to dissociate molecules in the ambient atmosphere when it is heated to temperatures in the vicinity of 6000 K, which substantially alters the considerations of the chemical processes in and around the meteor train.We demonstrate that some ambient O2, along with O2 that comes from the shock dissociation of O3, survives the passage of the cylindrical shock wave, and these constituents react thermally with meteor metal ions, thereby subsequently removing electrons from the overdense meteor train boundary through fast, temperature-independent, dissociative recombination governed by the second Damköhler number. Possible implications for trail diffusion and lifetimes are discussed. © 2017 The Authors.
Keywords: EARTH
METEORITES
METEOROIDS
METEORS
SHOCK WAVES
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10995/102068
Access: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
SCOPUS ID: 85030645098
PURE ID: 2033982
ISSN: 358711
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx923
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