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Origin of the cataclysmic Late Heavy Bombardment period of the terrestrial planets
This model not only naturally explains the Late Heavy Bombardment, but also reproduces the observational constraints of the outer Solar System. Expand
Origin of the orbital architecture of the giant planets of the Solar System
This model reproduces all the important characteristics of the giant planets' orbits, namely their final semimajor axes, eccentricities and mutual inclinations, provided that Jupiter and Saturn crossed their 1:2 orbital resonance. Expand
Chaotic capture of Jupiter's Trojan asteroids in the early Solar System
It is shown that the Trojans could have formed in more distant regions and been subsequently captured into co-orbital motion with Jupiter during the time when the giant planets migrated by removing neighbouring planetesimals. Expand
Origin of the structure of the Kuiper belt during a dynamical instability in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune
Abstract We explore the origin and orbital evolution of the Kuiper belt in the framework of a recent model of the dynamical evolution of the giant planets, sometimes known as the Nice model. ThisExpand
The origin of the Kuiper Belt high-inclination population
I simulate the orbital evolution of the four major planets and a massive primordial planetesimal disk composed of 104 objects, which perturb the planets but not themselves. As Neptune migrates byExpand
We revisit the issue of the cause of the dynamical instability during the so-called Nice model, which describes the early dynamical evolution of the giant planets. In particular, we address theExpand
Dynamics of the Giant Planets of the Solar System in the Gaseous Protoplanetary Disk and Their Relationship to the Current Orbital Architecture
We study the orbital evolution of the four giant planets of our solar system in a gas disk. Our investigation extends the previous works by Masset & Snellgrove and Morbidelli & Crida, which focusedExpand
Constructing the secular architecture of the solar system. I. The giant planets
Using numerical simulations, we show that smooth migration of the giant planets through a planetesimal disk leads to an orbital architecture that is inconsistent with the current one: the resultingExpand
Planetary migration in a planetesimal disk: why did Neptune stop at 30 AU?
Abstract We study planetary migration in a gas-free disk of planetesimals. In the case of our Solar System we show that Neptune could have had either a damped migration, limited to a few AUs, or aExpand
The Dynamical Structure of the Kuiper Belt and its Primordial Origin
This chapter discusses the dynamical properties of the Kuiper belt population. Then, it focuses on the characteristics of the Kuiper belt that cannot be explained by its evolution in the framework ofExpand