The B-ring's surface mass density from hidden density waves: Less than meets the eye?

  title={The B-ring's surface mass density from hidden density waves: Less than meets the eye?},
  author={Matthew M. Hedman and Philip D. Nicholson},
Abstract Saturn’s B ring is the most opaque ring in our Solar System, but many of its fundamental parameters, including its total mass, are not well constrained. Spiral density waves generated by mean-motion resonances with Saturn’s moons provide some of the best constraints on the rings’ mass density, but detecting and quantifying such waves in the B ring has been challenging because of this ring’s high opacity and abundant fine-scale structure. Using a wavelet-based analyses of 17… Expand
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