A new numerical model of asteroid collisional evolution and a few preliminary results are presented. The algorithm allows to put into evidence the role of rare major collisional events, those whose probability of occurrence throughout the whole history of the Solar System is about -or less than- unity. It is discussed how these events affect the following collisional evolution and how their long time effects are observable in the mass distribution and in other properties. The method allows estimates of how accurately we are able to reconstruct the initial properties of the Belt as well as to ascertain the occurrence of big events in a recent past (in astronomical sense, i.e. compared to the age of the Solar System).

The Role of Big Events in the Overall Collisional Evolution of Asteroids

LA SPINA, ALESSANDRA;PAOLICCHI, PAOLO
2000

Abstract

A new numerical model of asteroid collisional evolution and a few preliminary results are presented. The algorithm allows to put into evidence the role of rare major collisional events, those whose probability of occurrence throughout the whole history of the Solar System is about -or less than- unity. It is discussed how these events affect the following collisional evolution and how their long time effects are observable in the mass distribution and in other properties. The method allows estimates of how accurately we are able to reconstruct the initial properties of the Belt as well as to ascertain the occurrence of big events in a recent past (in astronomical sense, i.e. compared to the age of the Solar System).
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