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Fine-scale structure formation in Saturn's rings

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  • UserDr Henrik Latter, UoCambridge
  • ClockThursday 22 May 2014, 13:45-15:00
  • HouseTheory Library.

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The rings of Saturn are composed of trillions of icy boulders ranging in size from millimetres to metres. These particles undergo, on average, several very gentle collisions per orbit; in fact, their average impact velocity is barely 2 millimetres per second! But these seemingly innocuous interactions, when allied with their orbital motion and self-gravity, have considerable collective effects. Over relatively short time-scales they sculpt the disk into beautiful radial patterns. This talk presents an introduction to the fluid dynamics of planetary rings and concentrates on the theory of structure formation on short scales (0.1-10 km).

This talk is part of the Theoretical Physics Seminars series.

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