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.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Planetary and Space Science|
|State||Published - 1 Apr 2005|
|Event||Surfaces and Atmospheres of the Outer Planets, Their Satellites and Ring Systems - |
Duration: 6 Apr 2003 → 11 Apr 2003
- Saturn's rings