The Ratio of Retrograde to Prograde Orbits : a Test for Kuiper Belt Binary Formation Theories

@inproceedings{Schlichting2008TheRO,
  title={The Ratio of Retrograde to Prograde Orbits : a Test for Kuiper Belt Binary Formation Theories},
  author={Hilke E. Schlichting and Re’em Sari},
  year={2008}
}
With the discovery of Kuiper Belt binaries that have wide separations and roughly equal masses, new theories were proposed to explain their formation. Two formation scenarios were suggested by Goldreich and collaborators. In the first, dynamical friction generated by a sea of small bodies enables a transient binary to become bound (the Ls mechanism); in the… CONTINUE READING