Interstellar Dust Grains

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Abstract

This review surveys the observed properties of interstellar dust grains: the wavelength-dependent extinction of starlight, including absorption features, from UV to infrared; optical luminescence; infrared emission; microwave emission; optical, UV, and X-ray scattering by dust; and polarization of starlight and of infrared emission. The relationship between presolar grains in meteorites and the interstellar grain population is discussed. Candidate grain materials and abundance constraints are considered. A dust model consisting of amorphous silicate grains, graphite grains, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is compared with observed emission and scattering. Some issues concerning evolution of interstellar dust are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-289
Number of pages49
JournalAnnual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume41
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 24 2003

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dust
scattering
luminescence
graphite
meteorite
microwave emission
PAH
polarization
silicate
extinction
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
meteorites
wavelength
silicates
wavelengths
x rays

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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