OBSERVED BINARY FRACTION SETS LIMITS ON THE EXTENT OF COLLISIONAL GRINDING IN THE KUIPER BELT

@article{Nesvorn2011OBSERVEDBF,
  title={OBSERVED BINARY FRACTION SETS LIMITS ON THE EXTENT OF COLLISIONAL GRINDING IN THE KUIPER BELT},
  author={D. Nesvorn{\'y} and D. Vokrouhlicky and W. Bottke and K. Noll and H. Levison},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={141},
  pages={159}
}
  • D. Nesvorný, D. Vokrouhlicky, +2 authors H. Levison
  • Published 2011
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • The size distribution in the cold classical Kuiper Belt (KB) can be approximated by two idealized power laws: one with steep slope for radii R> R ∗ and one with shallow slope for R< R ∗ , where R ∗ ∼ 25‐50 km. Previous works suggested that the size frequency distribution (SFD) rollover at R ∗ can be the result of extensive collisional grinding in the KB that led to the catastrophic disruption of most bodies with R<R ∗ . Here, we use a new code to test the effect of collisions in the KB. We find… CONTINUE READING

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