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A new method to estimate the size and the surface temperature distribution of asteroids

Delbo, M. and Mottola, S. (2002) A new method to estimate the size and the surface temperature distribution of asteroids. In: Proceedings of Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM 2002), 29 July - 2 August 2002, Technical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 500, pp. 895-898. European Space Agency, Paris, France. Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM 2002), Berlin, 29.7.-2.8.02. ISBN 92-9092-810-7.

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Abstract

Among the most important physical parameters of asteroids are their size and albedo. The techniques currently used to determine these parameters from infrared and visible observations are based on the radiometric technique, which makes use of thermal models describing how the infrared radiation is emitted from the surface of the body. We propose a new method, alternative to the use of thermal models, to obtain sizes of asteroids and other atmosphere-less objects in the Solar System. Our approach is based on the numerical solution of the Inverse Black Body Radiation Problem (IBBRP) which allows the determination of the temperature distribution of a thermal radiator from its total radiated power spectrum. While classical thermal models make assumptions about the function describing the temperature distribution over the asteroid surface, our technique is able to derive this unknown from the observational infrared data alone. We discuss the results of the application of our method to a few ideal test cases.The application to real thermal infrared observations of 433 Eros is also presented.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2003,
Title:A new method to estimate the size and the surface temperature distribution of asteroids
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Delbo, M.UNSPECIFIED
Mottola, S.UNSPECIFIED
Date:2002
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM 2002), 29 July - 2 August 2002, Technical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Volume:500
Page Range:pp. 895-898
Publisher:European Space Agency, Paris, France
Series Name:ESA-SP
ISBN:92-9092-810-7
Status:Published
Event Title:Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM 2002), Berlin, 29.7.-2.8.02
Organizer:Technical University Berlin
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:Institut für Weltraumsensorik und Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: Susanne Pieth
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 19:18

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