DESTRUCTION OF BINARY MINOR PLANETS DURING NEPTUNE SCATTERING

@article{Parker2010DESTRUCTIONOB,
  title={DESTRUCTION OF BINARY MINOR PLANETS DURING NEPTUNE SCATTERING},
  author={A. H. Parker and J. J. Kavelaars},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={722}
}
The existence of extremely wide binaries in the low-inclination component of the Kuiper Belt provides a unique handle on the dynamical history of this population. Some popular frameworks of the formation of the Kuiper Belt suggest that planetesimals were moved there from lower semimajor axis orbits by scattering encounters with Neptune. We test the effects such events would have on binary systems and find that wide binaries are efficiently destroyed by the kinds of scattering events required to… Expand

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