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The NEOWISE-Discovered Comet Population and the CO+CO_2 production rates

Bauer, James M. and Stevenson, Rachel and Kramer, Emily and Mainzer, A. K. and Grav, Tommy and Masiero, Joseph R. and Fernandez, Yan R. and Cutri, Roc M. and Dailey, John W. and Masci, Frank J. and Meech, Karen J. and Walker, Russell and Lisse, C. M. and Weissman, Paul R. and Nugent, Carrie R. and Sonnett, Sarah and Blair, Nathan and Lucas, Andrew and McMillan, Robert S. and Wright, Edward L. (2015) The NEOWISE-Discovered Comet Population and the CO+CO_2 production rates. Astrophysical Journal, 814 (2). Art. No. 85. ISSN 0004-637X.

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The 163 comets observed during the WISE/NEOWISE prime mission represent the largest infrared survey to date of comets, providing constraints on dust, nucleus size, and CO + CO_2 production. We present detailed analyses of the WISE/NEOWISE comet discoveries, and discuss observations of the active comets showing 4.6 μm band excess. We find a possible relation between dust and CO + CO_2 production, as well as possible differences in the sizes of long and short period comet nuclei.

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Fernandez, Yan R.0000-0003-1156-9721
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Additional Information:© 2015 American Astronomical Society. Received 2015 May 1; accepted 2015 September 14; published 2015 November 19. This publication makes use of data products from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This publication also makes use of data products from NEOWISE, which is a project of JPL/Caltech, funded by the Planetary Science Division of NASA. This material is based in part upon work supported by the NASA through the NASA Astrobiology Institute under Cooperative Agreement No. NNA09DA77A issued through the Office if Space Science. R. Stevenson and E. Kramer were supported by the NASA Postdoctoral Program, and E. Kramer acknowledges her support through the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program. We thank the Astrophysical Journal Editor for the very helpful comments regarding manuscript drafts, and the anonymous reviewer for providing valuable comments, both of whom greatly improved the paper content. The lead author also benefited greatly from a discussion with Nader Haghighipour of the Institute for Astronomy and NASA Astrobiology Institute, University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
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NASA Postdoctoral ProgramUNSPECIFIED
NASA Earth and Space Science FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:comets: general; infrared: planetary systems
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Official Citation:James M. Bauer et al 2015 ApJ 814 85
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:22 Dec 2015 18:36
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