THE ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE DISTRIBUTION OF KUIPER BELT OBJECTS

@article{Fraser2014THEAM,
  title={THE ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE DISTRIBUTION OF KUIPER BELT OBJECTS},
  author={W. Fraser and M. Brown and A. Morbidelli and A. Parker and K. Batygin},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2014},
  volume={782},
  pages={100}
}
  • W. Fraser, M. Brown, +2 authors K. Batygin
  • Published 2014
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • Here we measure the absolute magnitude distributions (H-distribution) of the dynamically excited and quiescent (hot and cold) Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), and test if they share the same H-distribution as the Jupiter Trojans. From a compilation of all useable ecliptic surveys, we find that the KBO H-distributions are well described by broken power laws. The cold population has a bright-end slope, ɑ_1 = 1.5_(-0.2)^(+0.4), and break magnitude, H_B = 6.9_(-0.2)^(+0.1)(r'-band). The hot population… CONTINUE READING

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