The Dynamics of the Kuiper belt

Hal Levison

(Southwest Research Institute)

Collaborators: Martin Duncan, Luke Dones, Ed Thommes, & Alan Stern.

The Kuiper belt represents the fossil record of outer planet formation. Thus, it can supply us with crucial information about how the planets formed.

  1. Background.
  2. What the Kuiper belt looks like.
  3. Mechanisms that attempt to reproduce the observations.
  4. More controversial observations/models.
  5. Conclusions (such as there are).

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