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Dynamics of Haumea's dust ring

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Friday, July 6, 2018

Tamás Kovács, Zsolt Regály
(Submitted on 5 Jul 2018)

The particle dynamics of the recently observed ring around dwarf planet Haumea is numerically investigated. The point mass gravitational force, a second degree and order gravity field, and the solar radiation pressure as the main perturbations are considered. The quasi-stationary state of the ring varies for different micron-sized grains and depends also on the spin-orbit resonances between the rotation rate of the main body and the orbital period of the dust particles. The simulations confirm the variable radial width of the ring observed during the transit ingress and egress. Results show that the micron sized grains, initially on circular orbits, become eccentric and form an apse-aligned ring at the observed radial distance near to the 3:1 spin-orbit resonance. It is also demonstrated that this coincidence is only apparent and independent of 3:1 resonance.

Comments:    6 pages, 5 figures, accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1807.01904 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1807.01904v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Tamás Kovács 
[v1] Thu, 5 Jul 2018 09:04:06 GMT (4681kb,D)
https://arxiv.org/abs/1807.01904

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