The Structure of the Kuiper Belt: Size Distribution and Radial Extent

@article{Gladman2001TheSO,
  title={The Structure of the Kuiper Belt: Size Distribution and Radial Extent},
  author={Brett J. Gladman and JJ. Kavelaars and J. M. Petit and Alessandro Morbidelli and Matthew J. Holman and Thomas J. Loredo},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2001},
  volume={122},
  pages={1051 - 1066}
}
The size distribution in the Kuiper Belt records physical processes operating during the formation and subsequent evolution of the solar system. This paper reports a study of the apparent magnitude distribution of faint objects in the Kuiper Belt, obtained via deep imaging on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and the ESO Very Large Telescope UT1. We find that the entire range of observed objects (magnitudes mR ∼ 20–27) is well represented by an unbroken power law, with the number of objects… 

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