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TNOs are Cool: A Survey of the Trans-Neptunian Region: Physical Characterization of 14 Plutinos using PACS observations

Mommert, Michael and Müller, Thomas and Böhnhardt, Hermann and Lellouch, Emmanuel and Stansberry, John and Delsanti, Audrey and Duffard, René D. and Fornasier, Sonia and Harris, Alan W. and Hartogh, Paul and Henry, Florence and Kiss, Csaba and Mueller, Michael and Pal, Andras and Protopapa, Silvia and Rengel, Miriam and Santos Sanz, Pablo and Vilenius, Esa (2011) TNOs are Cool: A Survey of the Trans-Neptunian Region: Physical Characterization of 14 Plutinos using PACS observations. EGU2011, 3 - 8 April, 2011, Wien, Austria.

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Abstract

Since the discovery of the first Transneptunian Objects (TNOs), a number of different dynamical classes of this primordial population have been identified. One of these classes, the Plutinos, is named after its most prominent member and populates the 2:3 resonance of Neptune. Despite the fact that some of the orbits of Plutinos are highly eccentric and can even overlap with that of Neptune, they represent the most densely populated, stable and therefore oldest population among resonant TNOs [Melita & Brunini 2000]. Their origin was first explained by [Malhotra 1995], showing that a radial outward movement of Neptune led to resonance capture. Escaping Plutinos can populate the Centaur region and even be a source of Jupiter Family Comets [di Sisto et al. 2010]. We present the physical characterization of 14 Plutinos and 1 Plutino candidate using PACS observations as part of the Herschel Open Time Key Programme ’TNOs are Cool’ [Müller et al. 2009]. This project was awarded some 370 h of Herschel observing time for the investigation of about 140 TNOs with known orbits. The goal is to characterize individual objects and the full sample using radiometric techniques in order to probe formation and evolution processes in the Solar System and to establish a benchmark for understanding the Solar System debris disk as well as extra-solar ones. The Plutino sample was selected solely on the basis of its Herschel observability and covers a wide range of dynamical properties in the Plutino population; it therefore serves as a probe for the whole population. Thermal-infrared data were taken using the PACS instrument in scan-map mode [Mueller et al. 2010]. In order to derive estimates of diameter and albedo, an asteroid thermal model was applied. Uncertainties in both parameters were estimated using a detailed Monte-Carlo analysis. A more sophisticated thermophysical model was applied to check the results and probe realistic ranges of thermal inertia. We discuss our results and compare them to already published results of Plutinos and other TNO subpopulations. [Malhotra 1995]: Malhotra, R. 1995, AJ, 110, 420 [Melita & Brunini 2000]: Melita, M. D. & Brunini, A. 2000, Icarus, 147, 205 [Müller et al. 2009]: Müller, T. G. and the ’TNOs are Cool’-Team 2009, EMP, 105, 209-219 [Müller et al. 2010]: Müller, T. G. and the ’TNOs are Cool’-Team 2010, A&A, 518, L146 [di Sisto et al. 2010]: di Sisto, R. P., Brunini, A. & de Elia, G. C. 2010, A&A, 519, A112+

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:TNOs are Cool: A Survey of the Trans-Neptunian Region: Physical Characterization of 14 Plutinos using PACS observations
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Mommert, Michaelmichael.mommert@dlr.de
Müller, ThomasMPI für Extraterrestrische Physik, Germany
Böhnhardt, HermannMPI für Sonnensystemforschung, Germany
Lellouch, EmmanuelObservatoire de Paris-Meudon, France
Stansberry, JohnUniversity of Arizona, USA
Delsanti, AudreyLab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, France
Duffard, René D.IAA-CSIC Granada, Spain
Fornasier, SoniaObservatoire de Paris-Meudon, France
Harris, Alan W.alan.harris@dlr.de
Hartogh, PaulMPI für Sonnensystemforschung, Germany
Henry, FlorenceObservatoire de Paris-Meudon, France
Kiss, CsabaKonkoly Observatory, Hungary
Mueller, MichaelObservatoire de la Côte d'Azur
Pal, AndrasKonkoly Observatory, Hungary
Protopapa, SilviaUniversity of Maryland, USA
Rengel, MiriamMPI für Sonnensystemforschung, Germany
Santos Sanz, PabloObservatoire de Paris, France
Vilenius, EsaMPI für Extraterrestrische Physik, Germany
Date:5 April 2011
Refereed publication:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Plutino, thermal modeling, thermophysical modeling, Herschel
Event Title:EGU2011
Event Location:Wien, Austria
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:3 - 8 April, 2011
Organizer:EGU
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: Michael Mommert
Deposited On:12 Jul 2011 12:08
Last Modified:12 Jul 2011 12:08

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