Ganymede and Callisto:Accumulation Heat Content

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Using the accumulation theory for the formation o the two outermost regular satellites of Jupiter, the accumulation heat content has been obtained. The early thermal profiles show the onset of convection just at the end of the formation process, having taken into account the energy irreversibly trapped and the projectile penetration depth in the impacts. The fraction of the gravitational energy converted into thermal energy results to be larger for Callisto than for Ganymede.


Nusselt Number Rayleigh Number Impact Velocity Thermal Profile Adiabatic Compression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.I.A.S.Reparto di PlanetologiaRomaItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di Geologia dell’Università degli Studi di PerugiaItaly

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