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Gap-Opening, Disk Clearing, and the Survival of the Regular Satellites of Jupiter and SaturnIt is only recently that the theory of disk-companion interactions yields migration rates due to the gas tidal torque that are in agreement with numerical simulations and up to an order of magnitude slower than previous estimates. Also, for a weakly turbulent disk, the gap size is controlled primarily by the damping length of acoustic waves launched by the secondary at Lindblad resonances, which in turn depends on whether the waves are 2D or 3D. At least for small azimuthal wavenumbers this damping length is of the order of the radial location of the Lindblad resonance. This may have important consequences for disk dispersal in satellite systems. In the case of Jupiter, it means that the inner Galilean satellites may have jointly opened a gap. On the other hand, in Saturn's system the satellites inside of Titan are probably too small to have opened gaps in the gas disk at the time of their formation; but the possibility exists that, by effectively clearing the gas disk inside its own orbit, Titan may have allowed smaller satellites to survive, depending on whether Titan can clear the disk in a timescale comparable to the migration rates due to gas drag and gas tidal torque for these objects.
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Conference Paper
Estrada, P. R.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Mosqueira, I.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIV
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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