Large Scattered Planetesimals and the Excitation of the Small Body Belts

@inproceedings{Petit1998LargeSP,
  title={Large Scattered Planetesimals and the Excitation of the Small Body Belts},
  author={Jean-Marc Petit and Alessandro Morbidelli and Giovanni B. Valsecchi},
  year={1998}
}
We study the dynamical excitation that large planetesimals, scattered either by Neptune or Jupiter, could have provided to the primordial Edgeworth–Kuiper belt and the asteroid belt. Using both a refined Monte Carlo approach and direct numerical integration, we show that the Monte Carlo method is useful only to give qualitative insight into the resulting excitation, but cannot be trusted from a quantitative viewpoint. According to our direct integrations, Neptune-scattered planetesimals of mass… CONTINUE READING