Nucleus made of Crystalline

First, we outline the evolution of a cometary nucleus consisting of a mixture of ices in crystalline form on its way toward the Sun. Heat penetrating into the nucleus interior can sublimate volatile ices which then "escape" through the pores to the surface. Each volatile ice reacts more or less independently to the increasing heat as the comet approaches the Sun and shows individual onsets of activity with decreasing rh. A cometary nucleus therefore evolves during subsequent perihelion passages and may chemically differentiate into a layered body after some orbits.

To illustrate this scenario, let us assume a homogeneously mixed nucleus made of crystalline ices on its first passage into the inner solar system. Highly volatile ices will start to sublimate first, followed by less volatile species and finally H2O ice. Therefore, the top layers of the nucleus will be depleted of all minor volatiles after some perihelion passages (Fig. 5) and only the lowest layers will still contain the original composition [19,20,72,74]. In an evolved porous crystalline nucleus, therefore, highly volatile ices sublimate from the inside through the pores of the ice matrix. This is different to water ice, which is at the surface, possibly covered by a dust crust.

The maximum depth from which volatile ices sublimate to the surface is determined by the penetration depth of solar energy into the nucleus. Despite the uncertainties in our knowledge of nucleus parameters, we can make some crude estimates of the skin depth for penetration of solar energy into the nucleus over the diurnal and orbital cycle. The orbital skin depth is [174]:

surface: H20 Sublimation

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