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The influence of the orbital evolution of the main belt asteroids on their spin vectors

Skoglöv, E. and Erikson, A. (2002) The influence of the orbital evolution of the main belt asteroids on their spin vectors. Icarus, 160 (1), pp. 24-31.

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Abstract

It was found that certain features in the observed spin vector distribution of main belt asteroids can be explained by the differences in the dynamical spin vector evolution between objects with high and low orbital inclinations. In particular, the deficiency of high-inclination objects whose spin vectors are close to the ecliptic plane can be accounted for. The present spin vector distribution of main belt asteroids is due to several factors connected with their collisional and dynamical evolution. In this paper, the influence of the orbital evolution on the spin axis of asteroids is examined in the case of 25 objects with typical main belt orbital evolution and 125 synthetic objects, during an integration over a time period of 1 Myr. This investigation produced the following general results: - filled The difference between maximum and minimum obliquity increases in an approximately linear fashion with increasing orbital inclination of the studied objects. - filled The inclination is the major factor influencing the magnitude of the obliquity variation. This variation is generally larger for asteroids with their initial spin vectors located close to the orbital plane. - filled In general, the regular obliquity differences are relatively insensitive to differences in the shape, composition, and spin rate of the asteroids. The result is compared with the properties of the observed spin vectors for 73 main belt asteroids and good agreement is found between the above results and the existing spin vector distribution.

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2003,
Title:The influence of the orbital evolution of the main belt asteroids on their spin vectors
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Skoglöv, E.Astronomiska Observatoriet, Uppsala, Sweden
Erikson, A.UNSPECIFIED
Date:2002
Journal or Publication Title:Icarus
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:160
Page Range:pp. 24-31
Status:Published
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Institut für Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: Susanne Pieth
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 16:05

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