The workshop organized by SSERVI’s IMPACT team titled “Dust Impact Experiment Facility for the Community” is scheduled for October 16th, 2017 from 4:30-6pm at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, UT. The workshop is free, but registration is required on the DPS meeting website.

The Dust Accelerator Facility at the University of Colorado has been initially developed by the Colorado Center of Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS) of NASA’s Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). Its continued infrastructure development is currently supported by the Institute for Modeling Plasmas, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).

The 3MV electrostatic accelerator is a source of dust particles in the typical size range of 10 nm to 2 micron and speed range of 1 – 100 km/s. Impact experiments with single, fully characterized dust particles of nearly arbitrary makeup can be accelerated into solid, gas, as well as ice targets of arbitrary composition. The facility has been used for a wide range of scientific experiments, including cratering and penetration studies, measuring the efficiency of plasma and neutral gas production, measuring the speed and size distribution of secondary ejecta, for example. It has been also used for the development, test, and calibration of dust instruments for space missions.

The facility is open to the planetary and space physics communities, as well as to all engineering groups concerned about the effects of hypervelocity dust impacts, and the development of dust hazard mitigation strategies for the safety of crew and mission.

This workshop will describe both the capabilities of this facility and the opportunities to support new community projects. The workshop is also a forum for users to discuss their experimental needs and ideas, and for IMPACT staff to provide feedback to help guide the design of successful experiments.

Register Online for the DPS 49 Meeting here.

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