The Depletion of the Putative Vulcanoid Population via the Yarkovsky Effect

  title={The Depletion of the Putative Vulcanoid Population via the Yarkovsky Effect},
  author={David Vokrouhlicky and Paolo Farinella and William F. Bottke},
Abstract The geophysical history of Mercury is constrained by its crater record, its tectonics, and its magnetic field. Standard thermal models based on these constraints lead to inconsistent results unless Mercury was bombarded in its early history by an additional population of impactors. It has been suggested that the putative vulcanoid population, a belt of asteroid-like bodies residing on stable orbits inside the orbit of Mercury, may be the source of these impactors. Previous work has… Expand

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