COSIMA Operational Team Meeting - Vienna 2011


24 - 26 October 2011

Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Chemical Engineering


Report about the meeting in the News of TU Vienna:    English | German


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On 2 March 2004 the European Space Agency launched the space mission Rosetta; it will reach the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in May 2014. Rosetta will enter into an orbit around the comet, and release a small "lander“ unit to land softly on the comet surface. The instruments on the Rosetta "orbiter“ will investigate the comet from some distance and will collect and analyze cometary dust.



One of the orbiter’s instruments is "COSIMA“, a time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (TOF-SIMS). The COSIMA project is under the guidance of the Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, and involves several research groups from Europe. TU Vienna contributed methods for data analysis as well as software (Kurt Varmuza and collaborators, Institute of Chemical Engineering, research group Thermal Engineering and Simulation).



The COSIMA project team gathers twice per year for "operational team meetings“ to prepare future measurements of dust particles directly at the comet (by 2014 and 2015), and to analyze data collected by COSIMA’s twin instrument (Research Module) operated at MPS.







The meeting was opened by Anton Friedl, leader of the research group Thermal Engineering and Simulation, in the Institute of Chemical Engineering.



Left: Martin Hilchenbach (MPS), the principal investigator of the COSIMA project guided the meeting. Comet researchers from Germany (6), France (5), and Finland (2) as well as Kurt Varmuza and Bettina Liebmann from TU Vienna discussed methods for TOF-SIMS data analysis and appropriate software tools.


Right: Johan Silén (Finnish Meteorological Institute, FMI) presented a comprehensive introduction to software Octave and its use for TOF-SIMS data from the COSIMA Research Module.


Cécile Engrand, Christelle Briois, Giacomo Briani, Bettina Liebmann

Bernhard Geiger, Johan Silén

Kurt Varmuza, Jochen Kissel


Henning Fischer, Yves Langevin

Laurent Thirkell

Harald Krüger, Klaus Hornung


Christelle Briois, Giacomo Briani, Bettina Liebmann

Martin Hilchenbach, Jouni Rynö


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Pictures by Kurt Varmuza  (C)