IMAGING POLARIMETRY OF COMET HALE–BOPP (C/1995 O1) AROUND PERIHELION


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Abstract

The polarization distribution of the inner coma of comet Hale–Bopp was measured by CCD imaging around perihelion. The dust shell positions correlate well with relative maxima of polarization. The images taken in the I-band identify different shell systems, each showing individual polarization properties. This could be related to differences in the dust properties of the associated jets.

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