A Collisional Family in the Classical Kuiper Belt

  title={A Collisional Family in the Classical Kuiper Belt},
  author={Eugene Chiang},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  pages={L65 - L68}
  • E. Chiang
  • Published 16 May 2002
  • Physics, Geology
  • The Astrophysical Journal Letters
The dynamical evolution of classical Kuiper belt objects (CKBOs) is divided into two parts, according to the secular theory of test particle orbits. The first part is a forced oscillation driven by the planets, while the second part is a free oscillation whose amplitude is determined by the initial orbit of the test particle. We extract the free orbital inclinations and free orbital eccentricities from the osculating elements of 125 known CKBOs. The free inclinations of 32 CKBOs strongly… 

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