Dynamics of Small Bodies in Planetary Systems

  title={Dynamics of Small Bodies in Planetary Systems},
  author={M. Wyatt},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics},
  • M. Wyatt
  • Published 2008
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Astrophysics
  • The number of stars that are known to have debris disks is greater than that of stars known to harbor planets. These disks are detected because dust is created in the destruction of planetesimals in the disks much in the same way that dust is produced in the asteroid belt and Kuiper belt in the solar system. For the nearest stars, the structure of their debris disks can be directly imaged, showing a wide variety of both axisymmetric and asymmetric structures. A successful interpretation of… CONTINUE READING
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