Chaotic motion in a primordial comet disk beyond Neptune and comet influx to the Solar System

@article{Torbett1990ChaoticMI,
  title={Chaotic motion in a primordial comet disk beyond Neptune and comet influx to the Solar System},
  author={Michael V. Torbett and Roman Smoluchowski},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1990},
  volume={345},
  pages={49-51}
}
CHAOTIC dynamics, characterized by extremely sensitive dependence on initial conditions with exponential divergence of neighbouring trajectories and subsequent loss of predictability1, have recently been demonstrated to be quite common in the Solar System. The long-standing problems of the delivery of meteorites to Earth-crossing orbits2 and the existence of the Kirkwood gaps3 have essentially been solved by the discovery of the chaotic zones with divergence timescales of a few million years in… CONTINUE READING