LONG-TERM DYNAMICS AND THE ORBITAL INCLINATIONS OF THE CLASSICAL KUIPER BELT OBJECTS

@article{Kuchner2002LONGTERMDA,
  title={LONG-TERM DYNAMICS AND THE ORBITAL INCLINATIONS OF THE CLASSICAL KUIPER BELT OBJECTS},
  author={M. Kuchner and M. Brown and M. Holman},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2002},
  volume={124},
  pages={1221-1230}
}
We numerically integrated the orbits of 1458 particles in the region of the classical Kuiper belt (41 AU ≤ a ≤ 47 AU) to explore the role of dynamical instabilities in sculpting the inclination distribution of the classical Kuiper belt objects (KBOs). We find that the selective removal of low-inclination objects by overlapping secular resonances (ν_(17) and ν_(18)) acts to raise the mean inclination of the surviving population of particles over 4 billion yr of interactions with Jupiter, Saturn… Expand
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