Exploring local N-body simulations of Saturn's rings

Evgeny Griv, Michael Gedalin

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Abstract

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
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2005
EventSurfaces and Atmospheres of the Outer Planets, Their Satellites and Ring Systems -
Duration: 6 Apr 200311 Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Instabilities
  • Planets
  • Saturn's rings
  • Waves

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