The Statistical Asteroid Model. I. The Main-Belt Population for Diameters Greater than 1 Kilometer

  title={The Statistical Asteroid Model. I. The Main-Belt Population for Diameters Greater than 1 Kilometer},
  author={Edward F. Tedesco and A Cellino and Vincenzo Zappal{\`a}},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  pages={2869 - 2886}
We describe the creation of a model of the main asteroid belt whose purpose is to describe the main-belt asteroid size frequency distribution and simulate the number of main-belt asteroids and their fluxes at visual through mid-infrared (∼0.3–70 μm) wavelengths in any area of sky for an arbitrary date. This model is based on a population of ∼1.9 × 106 asteroids obtained from the complete known asteroid sample, plus extrapolation of the size-frequency distributions of 15 asteroid dynamical… 
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