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Planetary dynamics in collisional particle disks

  • Author(s): Zhao, Sun
  • Chiang, Eugene
  • Lithwick, Yoram
  • et al.
Abstract

A simple, fast algorithm which simulates collisions between inelastic particles in an optically thin disk orbiting a central mass is implemented to the N-body simulation code MERCURY. The hybrid symplectic integrator is used to simulate a moonlet in the Saturn ring scenario, and produced a propeller structure around the moonlet which opens a partial gap in the ring.

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