The Solar System Beyond Neptune

  title={The Solar System Beyond Neptune},
  author={David C. Jewitt},
The aim of this research is to study the objects in the Kuiper Belt, in order to understand the nature of its origin and the evolutionary processes which have affected the Kuiper Belt. Particular science objectives include: 1) the determination of the sky-plane surface density of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs); 2) the determination of the slope of the cumulative luminosity function (CLF); 3) the determination of the KBO size distribution; 4) the isolation of bright KBOs from which physical… Expand
Probing the Radial Distribution of the Kuiper Belt Using Stellar Occultations
Introduction: The Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) are the frozen leftovers from the formation period of the outer solar system [1]. The current total mass in the Kuiper Belt is estimated to be aroundExpand
We present the results of a wide-field survey using the 1.2 m Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory. This survey was designed to find the most distant members of the Kuiper Belt and beyond.Expand
Properties of the Trans-Neptunian Belt: Statistics from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Survey
We present the results of a wide-field survey designed to measure the size, inclination, and radial distributions of Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs). The survey found 86 KBOs in 73 deg2 observed toExpand
Large Kuiper Belt Objects: The Mauna Kea 8K CCD Survey
We describe a large-area ecliptic survey designed to assess the sky-plane surface density of bright Kuiper Belt objects. We used an 8192 ) 8192 pixel CCD mosaic to image 51.5 deg2 to a 50% detectionExpand
TNOs are Cool: A Survey of the Transneptunian Region
Over one thousand objects have so far been discovered orbiting beyond Neptune. These trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) represent the primitive remnants of the planetesimal disk from which the planetsExpand
Large Bodies in the Kuiper Belt
We present a survey for bright Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) and Centaurs, conducted at the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) 0.9 m telescope with the KPNO 8K Mosaic CCD. The survey imaged 164 deg2Expand
On the Mass of the Kuiper Belt
Evidence for the Kuiper Belt (of cometary material just past Neptune) and the processes that shape it are briefly reviewed. A summary of selected estimates of its mass is given. A two-sector modelExpand
The Debiased Kuiper Belt: Our Solar System as a Debris Disk
  • S. Lawler
  • Physics, Geology
  • Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • 2013
Abstract The dust measured in debris disks traces the position of planetesimal belts. In our Solar System, we are also able to measure the largest planetesimals directly and can extrapolate down toExpand
A Brief Summary of Kuiper Belt Research
Ideas about the contents of the Solar System beyond Neptune and Pluto can be traced back to at least Edgeworth (1943, 1949) and Kuiper (1951), who speculated on the existence of pre-planetary smallExpand
A new dynamical class of object in the outer Solar System
Some three dozen objects have now been discovered beyond the orbit of Neptune and classified as members of the Kuiper belt—a remnant population of icy planetesimals that failed to be incorporatedExpand