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Space Science Reviews

, Volume 138, Issue 1–4, pp 109–126 | Cite as

Dynamical Origin of Comets and Their Reservoirs

  • Martin J. Duncan
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Abstract

It is widely believed that cometary orbits contain important clues to both the outer solar system’s current structure and its past dynamical evolution. The first part of this paper summarizes the results of numerical simulations designed to study the dynamical origins of observed comets and to link the observed populations to the reservoirs from which they are currently leaking. The second part reviews simulations which are designed to study the dynamical origin of the reservoirs themselves. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the currently unresolved issue of where in the primordial solar nebula the different dynamical classes of observed comets originated.

Keywords

Comets Oort cloud Transneptunian region 

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  1. 1.Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and AstronomyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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