Space Science Reviews

, Volume 116, Issue 1–2, pp 457–470 | Cite as

Dynamics and Composition of Rings



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.


rings disks dynamics planetary formation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Observatoire de Paris and Université Pierre et Marie CurieMeudonFrance
  2. 2.Bruno Sicardy, Observatoire de Paris, LESIAMeudon CédexFrance

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