The orbital parameters of small asteroids change with time, as a consequence of the so-called Yarkovsky effect. This leads to a steady removal of objects from the Main Belt, which takes place when the objects reach one of the major resonant regions in the orbital elements space. The process may influence the evolution of the inventory and size distribution of Main Belt asteroids, but it has not been taken into account by classical models of the collisional evolution of the asteroid population. In this paper we discuss the role of the Yarkovsky effect in producing the current observed size distribution. We show that adding Yarkovsky effect to purely collisional mechanisms may increase the removal of objects at sizes around 1 km by a factor of about 2 with respect to a purely collisional scenario. Moreover, waves in the size distribution may also be produced. However, taking also into account current uncertainties in the efficiency of purely collisional mechanisms, the role of the Yarkovsky effect seems not dominant, and cannot be unambiguously determined.
|Autori:||PENCO U; DELL'ORO A; PAOLICCHI P; CAMPO BAGATIN A; LA SPINA A; CELLINO A|
|Titolo:||Yarkovsky depletion and asteroid collisional evolution|
|Anno del prodotto:||2004|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.pss.2004.07.005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|