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Destroying resonance between Neptune and its resonant Kuiper Belt Objects by stochastic planetesimal scatterings

  • Author(s): Jiang, Peng;
  • Chiang, Eugene
  • et al.

We revisit the destruction of resonance between Neptune and Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) by random planetesimal scatterings, which has been studied by Murray-Clay and Chiang (2006) previously. In this work, we consider the encounters between Neptune's resonant KBOs and planetesimals and the Levy flight behavior of resonant KBOs corresponding to a single big kick. The analysis in this work is based on order-of-magnitude estimation.

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