Neptune’s Migration into a Stirred-Up Kuiper Belt: A Detailed Comparison of Simulations to Observations

@article{Hahn2005NeptunesMI,
  title={Neptune’s Migration into a Stirred-Up Kuiper Belt: A Detailed Comparison of Simulations to Observations},
  author={Joseph Michael Hahn and Renu Malhotra},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2005},
  volume={130},
  pages={2392-2414}
}
We use N-body simulations to examine the consequences of Neptune's outward migration into the Kuiper Belt, with the simulated end states being compared rigorously and quantitatively to the observations. These simulations confirm the 2003 findings of Chiang and coworkers, who showed that Neptune's migration into a previously stirred-up Kuiper Belt can account for the Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) known to librate at Neptune's 5 : 2 resonance. We also find that capture is possible at many other weak… 
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