Nuclear Magnitudes and the Size Distribution of Jupiter Family Comets

  title={Nuclear Magnitudes and the Size Distribution of Jupiter Family Comets},
  author={Gonzalo Tancredi and Julio A. Fern{\'a}ndez and Hans Rickman and Javier Licandro},
We present a new catalog of absolute nuclear magnitudes of Jupiter family (JF) comets, which is an updated version of our previous catalog (Tancredi et al. 2000). The full version of the catalog can be accessed on line at∼gonzalo/catalog. From the new catalog we find a linear cumulative luminosity function (CLF) of slope 0.54 ± 0.03 for JF comets with q < ∼ 2.5 AU. By considering this CLF combined with the few measured geometric albedos with their respective… CONTINUE READING


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