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Olivine-rich asteroids in the near-Earth space

By SpaceRef Editor
March 15, 2018
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M. Popescu, D. Perna, M. A. Barucci, S. Fornasier, A. Doressoundiram, C. Lantz, F. Merlin, I. N. Belskaya, M. Fulchignoni
(Submitted on 12 Mar 2018)

In the framework of a 30-night spectroscopic survey of small near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) we present new results regarding the identification of olivine-rich objects. The following NEAs were classified as A-type using visible spectra obtained with 3.6 m NTT telescope: (293726) 2007 RQ17, (444584) 2006 UK, 2012 NP, 2014 YS34, 2015 HB117, 2015 LH, 2015 TB179, 2015 TW144. We determined a relative abundance of $5.4\% $ (8 out of 147 observed targets) A-types at hundred meter size range of NEAs population. The ratio is at least five times larger compared with the previously known A-types, which represent less than $\sim1\%$ of NEAs taxonomically classified. By taking into account that part of our targets may not be confirmed as olivine-rich asteroids by their near-infrared spectra, or they can have a nebular origin, our result provides an upper-limit estimation of mantle fragments at size ranges bellow 300m. Our findings are compared with the “battered-to-bits” scenario, claiming that at small sizes the olivine-rich objects should be more abundant when compared with basaltic and iron ones.

Comments:    10 pages, 4 figures, accepted for publication
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1803.04486 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1803.04486v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Marcel Popescu
[v1] Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:39:51 GMT (1416kb,D)

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