EAS Publications Series
Volume 35, 2009Interstellar Dust from Astronomical Observations to Fundamental Studies
|Page(s)||103 - 114|
|Published online||26 February 2009|
F. Boulanger, C. Joblin, A. Jones and S. Madden (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 35 (2009) 103-114
Cosmic Silicate Dust
Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Silicates form a major component of cosmic dust. This paper summarizes the main structural and spectroscopic properties of amorphous and crystalline silicates. Furthermore, it reviews our knowledge of cosmic silicates in the Galaxy. Recent in-situ studies of presolar silicates extracted from primitive meteorites and anhydrous interplanetary dust grains will be discussed.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2009
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