PhD Dissertation

  • Trans-Neptunian and Exosolar Satellites and Dust: Dynamics and Surface Effects

  • Advisors: Steven Desch and William Grundy
  • Micrometeorite impacts on icy satellites and KBOs can crystallize surface water ice. Dust particles ejected from Pluto's small satellites preferentially impact the retrograde side of Pluto. The mutual orbits of observed binary KBOs can be explained with Kozai perturbations from the Sun. A terrestrial planet dynamically captured as a satellite of a giant planet has a 50% chance of stabilizing.

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