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A handbook on the physics of interplanetary dust, a topic of interest not only to astronomers and space scientists but also to engineers. The following topics are covered in the book: historical perspectives; cometary dust; near-Earth environment; meteoroids and meteors; properties of interplanetary dust, information from collected samples; in situ measurements of cosmic dust; numerical modeling of the Zodiacal Cloud structure; synthesis of observations; instrumentation; physical processes; optical properties of interplanetary dust; orbital evolution of interplanetary dust; circumplanetary dust, observations and simple physics; interstellar dust and circumstellar dust disks.
From the contents: Historical Perspectives * Optical and Thermal Properties of Interplanetary Dust * Cometary Dust * Near Earth Environment * Discoveries from Observations and Modeling of the 1998/99 Leonids * Properties of Interplanetary Dust: Information from Collected Samples * In-Situ Measurements of Cosmic Dust * Synthesis of Observations * Instrumentation * Physical Processes * Interactions with Electromagnetic Radiation: Theory and Laboratory Simulations * Orbital Evolution of Interplanetary Dust * Dusty Rings and Circumplanetary Dust: Observations and Simple Physics * Interstellar Dust and Circumstellar Dust Disks * Glossary * Index.
More than twenty years ago, Tony McDonnel reviewed the subject of cosmic dust very comprehensively. After that beautiful work, no good review book on dusts has been published. Not until the recently published book Interplanetary Dust came out. This volume [...] is entirely devoted to discuss this topic and does so very comprehensively. The editors [...] made a tremendous effort to cover every aspect of the interplanetary dusts [...] What is positive about this book is that even a beginner can enjoy reading and can learn a great deal from it. [...] This is clearly 'a must have' book for all the astronomy libraries. (Indian Journal of Physics, 77B/5, 2003) "Interplanetary Dust is an extremely useful addition to the research library bookshelf. It is well referenced, narrowly focussed, and earnestly written." (The Observatory, 2002)