CAOSP abstracts, Volume: 43, No.: 2, year: 2013

Abstract: Considering a simple model of the cosmogonic outward migration of Neptune, we investigate if the assumption of an extremely low orbital inclination of small bodies in a once-existing proto-planetary disk could influence the structure of reservoirs of the objects in the trans-Neptunian region. We found no significant influence. Our models predict only the existence of the mean-motion resonances (MMRs) with Neptune 2:3, 3:5, 1:2, and an anemic scattered disk (MMRs 3:4, 5:7, and 9:11 are also indicated). To explain the classical Edgeworth-Kuiper belt, relatively abundant 4:7 and 2:5 MMRs, and the more numerous scattered disk, we need to assume that, e.g., the outer boundary of the original proto-planetary disk considerably exceeded the distance of the current Neptune's orbit (Neptune probably ended its migration at the distance, where the disk's density started to be sub-critical), or that some Pluto-sized objects resided inside the MMRs and in the distant parts of the original proto-planetary disk.

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