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Liu, X., Schmidt, J. (2018) Comparison of the orbital properties of Jupiter Trojan asteroids and Trojan dust. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 614, A97. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201832806

Comparison of the orbital properties of Jupiter Trojan asteroids and Trojan dust

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Author: Liu, Xiaodong1; Schmidt, Jürgen1
Organizations: 1Astronomy Research Unit, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: EDP Sciences, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-08-21


In a previous paper we simulated the orbital evolution of dust particles from the Jupiter Trojan asteroids ejected by the impacts of interplanetary particles, and evaluated their overall configuration in the form of dust arcs. Here we compare the orbital properties of these Trojan dust particles and the Trojan asteroids. Both Trojan asteroids and most of the dust particles are trapped in the Jupiter 1:1 resonance. However, for dust particles, this resonance is modified because of the presence of solar radiation pressure, which reduces the peak value of the semi-major axis distribution. We find also that some particles can be trapped in the Saturn 1:1 resonance and higher order resonances with Jupiter. The distributions of the eccentricity, the longitude of pericenter, and the inclination for Trojans and the dust are compared. For the Trojan asteroids, the peak in the longitude of pericenter distribution is about 60 degrees larger than the longitude of pericenter of Jupiter; in contrast, for Trojan dust this difference is smaller than 60 degrees, and it decreases with decreasing grain size. For the Trojan asteroids and most of the Trojan dust, the Tisserand parameter is distributed in the range of two to three.

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Series: Astronomy and astrophysics
ISSN: 0004-6361
ISSN-E: 1432-0746
ISSN-L: 0004-6361
Volume: 614
Article number: A97
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201832806
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 115 Astronomy and space science
Funding: This work was supported by the European Space Agency under the project Jovian Micrometeoroid Environment Model (JMEM) (contract number: 4000107249/12/NL/AF) at the University of Oulu and by the Academy of Finland.
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