Small solar system bodies as granular systems

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Title: Small solar system bodies as granular systems
Authors: Hestroffer, Daniel | Campo Bagatin, Adriano | Losert, Wolfgang | Opsomer, Eric | Sánchez, Paul | Scheeres, Daniel J. | Staron, Lydie | Taberlet, Nicolas | Yano, Hajime | Eggl, Siegfried | Lecomte, Charles-Edouard | Murdoch, Naomi | Radjai, Fahrang | Richardson, Derek C. | Salazar, Marcos | Schwartz, Stephen R. | Tanga, Paolo
Research Group/s: Astronomía y Astrofísica
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Física Aplicada a las Ciencias y las Tecnologías
Keywords: Small solar system bodies | Granular systems
Knowledge Area: Física Aplicada
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2017
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Citation: EPJ Web of Conferences. 2017, 140: 14011. doi:10.1051/epjconf/201714014011
Abstract: Asteroids and other Small Solar System Bodies (SSSBs) are currently of great scientific and even industrial interest. Asteroids exist as the permanent record of the formation of the Solar System and therefore hold many clues to its understanding as a whole, as well as insights into the formation of planetary bodies. Additionally, SSSBs are being investigated in the context of impact risks for the Earth, space situational awareness and their possible industrial exploitation (asteroid mining). In all these aspects, the knowledge of the geophysical characteristics of SSSB surface and internal structure are of great importance. Given their size, constitution, and the evidence that many SSSBs are not simple monoliths, these bodies should be studied and modelled as self-gravitating granular systems in general, or as granular systems in micro-gravity environments in particular contexts. As such, the study of the geophysical characteristics of SSSBs is a multi-disciplinary effort that lies at the crossroads between Granular Mechanics, Celestial Mechanics, Soil Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Sponsor: The authors acknowledge support by the International Space Science Institute (ISSI, Bern, Switzerland) and Paris observatory (France) to the international team «Asteroids & Self-Gravitating Bodies as Granular Systemsa». EO acknowledges European Space Agency program SpaceGrains and Prodex (Belspo, Brussels, Belgium) for financial support.
ISSN: 2101-6275 (Print) | 2100-014X (Online)
DOI: 10.1051/epjconf/201714014011
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
Rights: © The Authors, published by EDP Sciences. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (
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