volume 111, issue E2, Pn/a-n/a 2006
DOI: 10.1029/2004je002313
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Abstract: [1] Mars' low atmospheric pressure and arid, windy climate provide an environment that supports the triboelectric charging of dust. A laboratory experiment has been performed to demonstrate that the vertical motion of dust is sufficient for this charging mechanism to produce strong electric fields capable of creating electrical discharges in a low-pressure CO 2 atmosphere. Discharges have been visually and electronically detected, and the discharge frequencies and intensities have been measured. The range of …

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