Volatile Loss and Classification of Kuiper Belt Objects

@inproceedings{REJohnson2015VolatileLA,
  title={Volatile Loss and Classification of Kuiper Belt Objects},
  author={R.E.Johnson and A.Oza and L.A.Young and A.N.Volkov and C.Schmidt},
  year={2015}
}
Observations indicate that some of the largest Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) have retained volatiles in the gas phase, which implies the presence of an atmosphere that can affect their reflectance spectra and thermal balance. Volatile escape rates driven by solar heating of the surface were estimated by Schaller and Brown (2007) (SB) and Levi and Podolak (2009)(LP) using Jeans escape from the surface and a hydrodynamic model respectively. Based on recent molecular kinetic simulations these rates… Expand
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