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A novel mechanism for outbursts of Comet 17P/Holmes and other short-period comets

  title={A novel mechanism for outbursts of Comet 17P/Holmes and other short-period comets},
  author={Richard Miles},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics},
  • R. Miles
  • Published 2007
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Astrophysics
A mechanism is proposed to explain the outburst of comet 17P/Holmes based on; (a) oxidation of water within the porous surface of the comet nucleus to form hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) through exposure to UV radiation, to energetic solar-wind particles and to cosmic radiation, (b) concentration of the H2O2 component through solid-, liquid- and gas-phase processes involving sublimation, evaporation, fractional crystallization, diffusion, supercooling, capillary wetting and migration in voids within… Expand

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