OSSOS. II. A SHARP TRANSITION IN THE ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE DISTRIBUTION OF THE KUIPER BELT’S SCATTERING POPULATION

@article{Shankman2016OSSOSIA,
  title={OSSOS. II. A SHARP TRANSITION IN THE ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE DISTRIBUTION OF THE KUIPER BELT’S SCATTERING POPULATION},
  author={C. Shankman and J. Kavelaars and B. Gladman and M. Alexandersen and N. Kaib and J.-M. Petit and M. Bannister and Y. Chen and S. Gwyn and M. Jakubik and K. Volk},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2016},
  volume={151},
  pages={31}
}
  • C. Shankman, J. Kavelaars, +8 authors K. Volk
  • Published 2016
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • We measure the absolute magnitude, H, distribution, dN(H) ∝ 10αH, of the scattering Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) as a proxy for their size-frequency distribution. We show that the H-distribution of the scattering TNOs is not consistent with a single-slope distribution, but must transition around Hg ~ 9 to either a knee with a shallow slope or to a divot, which is a differential drop followed by second exponential distribution. Our analysis is based on a sample of 22 scattering TNOs drawn from… CONTINUE READING

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