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The Formation of Disks by Inelastic Collisions of Gravitating Particles. Applications to the Dynamics of the Saturn's Ring and to the Formation of the Solar System

  • A. Brahic (a1)

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We integrate numerically the evolution of a three-dimensional system of particles with finite dimensions, which bounce inelastically upon each other. The particles are subjected to the attraction of a central mass; their mutual attraction is neglected. This model is used to study the evolution of Saturn's ring. The first results are presented: such a collision mechanism can flatten very quickly the Saturn's ring and the system tends towards a final equilibrium state.

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The Formation of Disks by Inelastic Collisions of Gravitating Particles. Applications to the Dynamics of the Saturn's Ring and to the Formation of the Solar System

  • A. Brahic (a1)

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