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Commets on the amplitude-phase relationship of asteroid lightcurves: Effects of topography, surface scattering properties, and obliquity
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC, PO Box 3004, 18080 Granada, Spain .
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Astronomy and Space Physics. (Planetsystemsgruppen)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC, PO Box 3004, 18080 Granada, Spain .
Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSIC, PO Box 3004, 18080 Granada, Spain .
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2006 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 454, no 1, 367-377 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims. We present a theoretical study on the amplitude-phase relationship (APR) for lightcurves of simulated asteroids.

Methods. In support of the Rosetta (ESA) mission, we developed a numerical model for the investigation of the light reflectance properties of asteroidal bodies. The code is able to deal with irregular and chemically inhomogeneous surfaces, taking shadowing effects into account. Several standard scattering models have been implemented, which govern local reflectance properties, e. g. the Hapke model and the Lumme-Bowell model. From a kinematic standpoint, the body can move in an arbitrary orbit, and it may rotate in either pure or complex mode with an arbitrary orientation of its angular momentum. As an application of the code, we studied the dependence of the APR on several factors, such as the illumination and observational geometries, overall shape, and large-scale topography, as well as the surface characteristics represented by the parameters in the Hapke and Lumme-Bowell models.

Results. In our study, we find that mineralogy, regolith properties, and small-scale surface roughness (i. e., characteristics embodied in the considered surface scattering models), have a negligible effect on the APR. Furthermore, large-scale topography introduces a rather significant dispersion in the APR slope, on the order of 0.010 mag deg(-1). Our simulations suggest that obliquity is the major agent for shaping the APR, causing a 0.020 mag deg(-1) dispersion in the APR slope; the larger the obliquity, the smaller the slope of the APR. For intermediate aspect angles, large obliquities could even lead to an amplitude that decreases with the phase angle.

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2006. Vol. 454, no 1, 367-377 p.
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-26567DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20064838ISI: 000238726300044OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-26567DiVA: diva2:54341
Available from: 2007-02-21 Created: 2007-02-21 Last updated: 2016-10-27Bibliographically approved

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