Prediction of the fine-scale irregular structure in Saturn's A, B, and C rings

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Abstract

In view of the possibility of employing Cassini's experiments for the diagnosis of Saturn's rings, local N-body simulations of low and moderately high optical depth regions of Saturn's rings are presented. A special emphasis is made on fine-scale spiral structures (irregular cylindric wave-type structures of the order of 100 m or so) of Saturn's main A, B, and C rings. We predict that Cassini spacecraft high-resolution images of Saturn's main rings will reveal this kind of irregular microstructure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-776
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006

Keywords

  • Instabilities and waves
  • N-body simulations
  • Planetary rings
  • Saturn's rings

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