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Genetic inversion of sparse disk-integrated photometric data of asteroids: application to Hipparcos data

Cellino, Alberto and Hestroffer, Daniel and Tanga, Paolo and Mottola, Stefano and Dell'Oro, Aldo (2009) Genetic inversion of sparse disk-integrated photometric data of asteroids: application to Hipparcos data. Astronomy and Astrophysics (506), pp. 935-954. European Southern Observatory. DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200912134.

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Abstract

Context. The development of techniques for the inversion of sparse disk-integrated photometric data of asteroids is a very urgent task, due to the imminent commencements of large sky surveys from both space (Gaia) and the ground (Pan-STARRS). Aims. We developed a numerical algorithm for the inversion of sparse photometric data of asteroids. An application to real data collected in past by the Hipparcos satellite provided very encouraging results. Methods. The inversion method is based on the application of a “genetic” algorithm approach. The objects are assumed to have triaxial ellipsoid shape. However, it is shown by means of simulations and applications to real data that this simplistic choice does not cause any significant problems. The algorithm solves for a number of unknown parameters, including the spin period, the coordinates of the spin axis, the axial ratios of the ellipsoid, an initial rotational phase corresponding to the first observation of a given dataset, and the slope of a linear variation in the magnitude as a function of solar phase. Additional parameters, describing some possible albedo variegation of the surface, can also be introduced. Results. The application of the inversion technique to both simulations and a dataset of sparse photometric data obtained some years ago by the Hipparcos satellite shows that the performance of the algorithm is strongly encouraging, and the correct solution for the rotational parameters is obtained in the majority of cases when a reasonable number of observations are available.

Document Type:Article
Title:Genetic inversion of sparse disk-integrated photometric data of asteroids: application to Hipparcos data
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Cellino, AlbertoINAF Astronomical Observatory of Torino
Hestroffer, DanielIMCCE Observatoire de Paris
Tanga, PaoloObservatoire de la Côte d’Azur
Mottola, StefanoUNSPECIFIED
Dell'Oro, AldoINAF Astronomical Observatory of Torino
Date:2009
Journal or Publication Title:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI:10.1051/0004-6361/200912134
Page Range:pp. 935-954
Publisher:European Southern Observatory
Status:Published
Keywords:minor planets, asteroids – techniques: photometric – methods: numerical
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):W - Vorhaben Asteroiden und Kometen (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Deposited By: Dr.phys. Stefano Mottola
Deposited On:08 Dec 2009 10:30
Last Modified:26 Mar 2013 13:13

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