The Solar System Beyond Neptune

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr

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A new frontier in our solar system opened with the discovery of the Kuiper Belt and the extensive population of icy bodies orbiting beyond Neptune. Today the study of all of these bodies, collectively referred to as trans-Neptunian objects, reveals them to be frozen time capsules from the earliest epochs of solar system formation. This new volume in the Space Science Series, with one hundred contributing authors, offers the most detailed and up-to-date picture of our solar system’s farthest frontier. Our understanding of trans-Neptunian objects is rapidly evolving and currently constitutes one of the most active research fields in planetary sciences. The Solar System Beyond Neptune brings the reader to the forefront of our current understanding and points the way to further advancement in the field, making it an indispensable resource for researchers and students in planetary science.

Table of Contents

Scientific Organizing Committee and Acknowledgment of Reviewers
The Solar System Beyond Neptune: Overview and Perspectivesp. 3
The Early Development of Ideas Concerning the Transneptunian Regionp. 11
Transneptunian Orbit Computationp. 25
Transneptunian Object Populations
Nomenclature in the Outer Solar Systemp. 43
The Orbital and Spatial Distribution of the Kuiper Beltp. 59
Size Distribution of Multikilometer Transneptunian Objectsp. 71
Bulk Properties
Color Properties and Trends of the Transneptunian Objectsp. 91
Colors of Centaursp. 105
Surface Properties of Kuiper Belt Objects and Centaurs from Photometry and Polarimetryp. 115
Photometric Lightcurves of Transneptunian Objects and Centaurs: Rotations, Shapes, and Densitiesp. 129
Composition and Surface Properties of Transneptunian Objects and Centaursp. 143
Physical Properties of Kuiper Belt and Centaur Objects: Constraints from the Spitzer Space Telescopep. 161
Transneptunian Object Taxonomyp. 181
Physical Processes
Physical Effects of Collisions in the Kuiper Beltp. 195
Structure and Evolution of Kuiper Belt Objects and Dwarf Planetsp. 213
The Structure of Kuiper Belt Bodies: Link with Cometsp. 243
Formation and Evolution
The Scattered Disk: Origins, Dynamics, and End Statesp. 259
The Dynamical Structure of the Kuiper Belt and Its Primordial Originp. 275
Formation and Collisional Evolution of Kuiper Belt Objectsp. 293
The Role of the Galaxy in the Dynamical Evolution of Transneptunian Objectsp. 315
Individualities and Peculiarities
The Largest Kuiper Belt Objectsp. 335
Binaries in the Kuiper Beltp. 345
On the Atmospheres of Objects in the Kuiper Beltp. 365
Links With Other Solar System Populations
De Troianis: The Trojans in the Planetary Systemp. 383
Kuiper Belt Objects in the Planetary Region: The Jupiter-Family Cometsp. 397
Irregular Satellites of the Giant Planetsp. 411
Structure of the Kuiper Belt Dust Diskp. 425
Boundaries and Connections to Other Stellar Systems
The Heliopause Boundary of the Solar Systemp. 443
Extrasolar Kuiper Belt Dust Disksp. 465
Laboratory Data on Ices, Refractory Carbonaceous Materials, and Minerals Relevant to Transneptunian Objects and Centaursp. 483
Laboratory Studies of the Chemistry of Transneptunian Object Surface Materialsp. 507
Meteorites from the Outer Solar System?p. 525
The Kuiper Belt Explored by Serendipitous Stellar Occultationsp. 545
New Horizons: NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Belt Missionp. 557
Future Surveys of the Kuiper Beltp. 573
Color Section following pagep. 585
Indexp. 587
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