Detection of hidden resonances in Saturn's B-ring

  • The Voyager 2 Photopolarimeter experiment has yielded the highest resolved data of Saturn's rings, exhibiting a wide variety of features. The B-ring region between 105000 km and 110000 km distance from Saturn has been investigated. It has a high matter density and contains no significance features visible by eye. Analysis with statistical methods has let us to the detection of two significant events. These features are correlated with the inner 3:2 resonances of the F-ring shepherd satellites Pandora and Prometheus, and may be evidence of large ring paricles caught in the corotation resonances.

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Author:Kai-Uwe Thiessenhusen, Larry W. Esposito, Jürgen Kurths, Frank Spahn
Series (Serial Number):NLD Preprints (paper 013)
Document Type:Preprint
Date of Publication (online):2007/06/01
Year of Completion:1995
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2007/06/01
Tag:Planetary Rings
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Physik und Astronomie
Wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen / Interdisziplinäres Zentrum Dynamik komplexer Systeme
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Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 53 Physik / 530 Physik