Exploring local N-body simulations of Saturn's rings

Evgeny Griv, Michael Gedalin

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The dynamical behavior of low and moderately high optical depth regions of Saturn's ring system of discrete, mutually gravitating, and inelastically colliding particles is studied by simplified local N-body simulations in Hill's linearized equations context. The focus is on a statistical analysis of time-evolution of fine-scale structures seen in the simulations and the comparison between theoretical predictions and computer experiments. Prospects for the Cassini spacecraft mission are briefly summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-472
Number of pages12
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2005
EventSurfaces and Atmospheres of the Outer Planets, Their Satellites and Ring Systems -
Duration: 6 Apr 200311 Apr 2003


  • Instabilities
  • Planets
  • Saturn's rings
  • Waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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