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Dynamics and Composition of Rings

Abstract

Planetary rings are found around all four giant planets of our solar system. These collisional and highly flattened disks exhibit a whole wealth of physical processes involving dust grains up to meter-sized boulders. These processes, together with ring composition, can help understand better the formation and evolution of proto-satellite and proto-planetary disks in the early solar system. The present chapter reviews some fundamental aspects of ring dynamics and composition. The forthcoming exploration of the Saturn system by the Cassini mission will bring both high resolution and time-dependent information on Saturn’s rings.

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Sicardy, B. Dynamics and Composition of Rings. Space Sci Rev 116, 457–470 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-005-1966-y

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Keywords

  • rings
  • disks
  • dynamics
  • planetary formation