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Convex-profile Inversion of Asteroid LightcurvesA lightcurve inversion method that yields a two-dimensional convex profile is introduced. The number of parameters that characterize the profile is limited only by the number of Fourier harmonics used to represent the parent lightcurve. The implementation of the method is outlined by a recursive quadratic programming algorithm, and its application to photoelectric lightcurves and radar measurements is discussed. Special properties of the lightcurves of geometrically scattering ellipsoids are pointed out, and those properties are used to test the inversion method and obtained a criterion for judging whether any lightcurve could actually be due to such an object. Convex profiles for several asteroids are shown, and the method's validity is discussed from a physical as well as purely statistical point of view.
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Ostro, S. J.
(Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Connelly, R.
(Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program, 1984
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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