Long-Term Dynamics and the Orbital Inclinations of the Classical Kuiper Belt Objects

  title={Long-Term Dynamics and the Orbital Inclinations of the Classical Kuiper Belt Objects},
  author={Marc J. Kuchner and Michael E. Brown and Matthew J. Holman},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  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 (ν17 and ν18) acts to raise the mean inclination of the surviving population of particles over 4 billion yr of interactions with Jupiter, Saturn… 
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