Simulations of Terrestrial Planet Formation with Strong Dynamical Friction: Implications for the Origin of the Earth’s Water

@inproceedings{OBrien2006SimulationsOT,
  title={Simulations of Terrestrial Planet Formation with Strong Dynamical Friction: Implications for the Origin of the Earth’s Water},
  author={David Patrick O’Brien and Alessandro Morbidelli and Harold Levison},
  year={2006}
}
Overview: We have performed 8 numerical simulations of the final stages of accretion of the terrestrial planets, each starting with over 5×more gravitationally interacting bodies than in any previous simulations. Given the large number of small planetesimals in our simulations, we are able to more accurately treat the effects of dynamical friction during the accretion process. Dynamical friction is the equipartition of energy between large and small bodies in a population, resulting in the… CONTINUE READING
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