Regular and Chaotic Dynamics in the MeanMotion Resonances: Implications for the Structure and Evolution of the Asteroid Belt


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1 esvorný et al.: Dynamics in Mean Motion Resonances 379 Regular and Chaotic Dynamics in the MeanMotion Resonances: Implications for the Structure and Evolution of the Asteroid Belt D. esvorný Southwest Research Institute S. FerrazMello Universidade de São Paulo M. Holman HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics A. Morbidelli Observatoire de la Côte d Azur This chapter summarizes the achievements over the last decade in understanding the effect of meanmotion resonances on asteroid orbits. The developments from the beginning of the 99s are many. They range from a complete theoretical description of the secular dynamics in the meanmotion resonances associated with the Kirwood gaps to the discovery of the threebody resonances and slow chaotic phenomena acting throughout the asteroid belt. Consequences arising from these results have required remodeling the process of asteroid delivery to the Earthcrossing orbits.. ITRODUCTIO It is evident from the plethora of studies of meanmotion resonances (MMRs) in the last decade that maor advances have been made in this area, and these advances have broad consequences for our understanding of asteroids. An attentive observer of this branch of dynamical astronomy would have noted the following progress. It was shown that bodies in the main MMRs with Jupiter (3:, 4:, 5:) can reach very high orbital eccentricities (FerrazMello and Klafe, 99; Klafe et al., 99; Saha, 99). This result suggested that resonant bodies can be transported to Mars, Earth, and Venuscrossing orbits and then be efficiently extracted from the resonances due to the larger mass of the two latter planets. The cited wors confirmed the pioneering findings of Wisdom (98, 983, 985) on the Kirwood gap at the 3: MMR with Jupiter and showed that very high eccentricities are frequent outcomes of the dynamics in MMRs on millionyear timescales. The progress in numerical modeling revealed another surprising alternative: Resonant asteroids can fall into the Sun (Farinella et al., 993, 994), as a consequence of their eccentricity approaching unity. The current state of our understanding of the removal of resonant bodies from the 3: MMR is that 65 7% are extracted by Earth and Venus, and 5 3% go directly into the Sun (Gladman et al., 997). The innovative seminumerical treatment of classical perturbation methods introduced by Henrard (99) later allowed a global and realistic description of the secular dynamics in the main MMRs with Jupiter, taing into account the precession of Jupiter s orbit (Moons and Morbidelli, 995). This supplied convincing evidence that the orbital evolution of simulated bodies toward the planetcrossing orbits is driven by chaotic secular resonances (Morbidelli and Moons, 995). A brief account of this new development is given in section 4. The : MMR with Jupiter at 3.7 AU is a unique case, because here the chaotic secular resonances are located at high eccentricities (Morbidelli and Moons, 993). Yet in the early 99s, only a few asteroids were nown to exist on resonant orbits, in contrast to the large nonresonant populations on either side of the : MMR. The studies devoted to the question of the longterm stability of the resonant orbits were mared by the evolution of the numerical methods (Wisdom and Holman, 99; Levison and Duncan, 994) and the computer speed. Important progress was made when the globally chaotic nature of orbits in the : MMR was demonstrated (FerrazMello, 994b). Later wors (Morbidelli, 996; esvorný and FerrazMello, 997; FerrazMello et al., 998a) showed that this resonance is an intermediate case between the unstable MMRs and stable 3: MMR with Jupiter, the latter hosting the Hilda group. The : MMR possesses a core with dynamical lifetime comparable to the age of the solar system, where currently nearly 3 small asteroids are nown (the Zhongguo group). We devote section 5 to this subect. A maor breathrough, already signaled by the studies of the slow chaos in the : MMR, was made concerning 379
2 38 Asteroids III the phenomenon referred to as stable chaos. It was previously noted that a large number of asteroids have strongly chaotic orbits yet are stable on long intervals of time (Milani and obili, 99; Milani et al., 997). The main reason for such behavior was revealed by the discovery of the socalled threebody resonances, i.e., MMRs, where the commensurability of orbital periods occurs between an asteroid and two planets [mainly Jupiter and Saturn; (Murray et al., 998, esvorný and Morbidelli, 998)]. The subsequent modeling of these resonances showed that they represent narrow but strongly chaotic layers densely intersecting the asteroid belt (section 6.). The slow chaotic evolution observed in numerical simulations in the narrow MMRs in the outer asteroid belt was explored by Murray and Holman (997). This study correctly showed that the mechanism driving the chaotic diffusion lies in the multiplet structure of the narrow MMRs (section 6.). The study of the dynamics in the inner belt (..5 AU) revealed surprising instabilities of asteroid orbits. umerical simulations showed that many asteroids currently on nonplanetcrossing orbits with large eccentricities evolve to Marscrossing orbits within the next m.y. (Migliorini et al., 998, Morbidelli and esvorný, 999). The responsible resonances in this case are the MMRs with Mars, previously thought unimportant because of the small mass of this planet. The MMRs with Mars were identified as a maor source of the large nearearth asteroids (EAs; section 6.3). They were also conectured to disperse the asteroid families in the inner asteroid belt (esvorný et al., ). After introducing basic notation (section ) and showing the global structure of MMRs in the asteroid belt (section 3), we follow the above historical overview. Section is directed toward the reader who wishes to gain some basic insight in the mathematical methods developed and utilized in studies of MMRs. Perspectives are given in the last section.. OTATIO AD BASIC TERMIOLOGY A meanmotion resonance (MMR) occurs when an asteroid has an orbital period commensurate with the orbital period of one or more of the planets. To fix the notation, we define = λ + λ +,,l,l,m,m = l ϖ + lϖ + mω + mω = = where, l, m and = (,, ), l = (l,, l ), m = (m,, m ) are integers with zero sum: + l + m + ( + l + m ) = (because of the invariance of interaction by rotation, only such combinations exist; this and other conditions on integer coefficients required by symmetries of the gravitational interaction are nown as D Alembert rules), and and (i.e., MMRs are related to the fast orbital frequencies, unlie the secular resonances). Here λ, () ϖ, Ω, λ, ϖ, Ω are orbital angles in the usual notation (index goes over planets). The MMR occurs when,,l,l,m,m =, where,,l,l,m,m is the time derivative of,,l,l,m,m given by equation (). In the case of asteroid motion, the secular frequencies ϖ, ϖ, Ω, Ω are small compared to the orbital frequencies λ, λ. For this reason,,,l,l,m,m = is approximately Σ λ + λ =, which can be solved for the resonant semimaor axis (a res ) in the Keplerian approximation. This means that resonant conditions,,l,l,m,m = with unique, but different l,l,m,m hold at about the same semimaor axis. Thus, each (,) MMR may be thought to be composed from several resonant terms with different l,l,m,m (this structure is called the resonant multiplet ). In practice, there are two important cases: () the twobody MMR, when index has only one nonzero integer where denotes, in the asteroid belt, either Jupiter or Mars (a few twobody resonances with Saturn and the Earth occur but they are of minor importance), and () the threebody MMR, when index has two nonzero integers, and, corresponding to two planets (mainly to pairs Jupiter Saturn and Mars Jupiter). Without loss of generality we assume that >. The notation of MMRs that we adopt in the following text is that a (,) twobody MMR with Jupiter ( = 5) is 5 J:, and with Mars ( = 4) is 4 M:, where 4, 5, and are integers defining the resonant angle in equation (). In this notation, J: is a MMR with Jupiter, where an asteroid has the orbital period of onehalf that of Jupiter. Moreover, if it is clear from the text which planet is considered, we drop the letter indicating the planet (J: becomes : as frequently used in the literature). Concerning the threebody resonances we denote 5 J: 6 S: for the MMRs with Jupiter and Saturn, and 4 M: 5 J: for the MMRs with Mars and Jupiter. (This notation attempts to generalize the classical notation, i.e., the minus sign in : for twobody MMRs, to the case of threebody MMRs and MMRs with planets other than Jupiter.) The equations of motion of an asteroid in the presence of a MMR can be conveniently written in the Hamiltonian formalism. In such formalism, the equations of motion derive from a function of the canonical variables (the Hamiltonian). This formulation is useful because it allows us to use rigorous methods for treating problems where an integrable system is coupled with small perturbations (in the current context, the asteroid s motion about the Sun is perturbed by the planets). The classical expression for the Hamiltonian of a small body evolving under the gravitational force of the Sun and planets is = a = rr. = 3 r where = r r and r.r are the heliocentric positions of µ ()
3 esvorný et al.: Dynamics in Mean Motion Resonances 38 the small body and planet respectively, and a is the semimaor axis of the small body. (We adopt units where the product of the gravitational constant and the mass of the Sun is.) Here, /a is the heliocentric Keplerian part and µ is the perturbation exerted by the planet having mass µ. Appropriate canonical variables of the Hamiltonian equation () are the socalled modified Delaunay variables λ Λ = L p = ϖ P = L G (3) q = Ω Q = G H where L = a, G = L e and H = G cos i are the usual Delaunay variables (e and i are the eccentricity and inclination of the small body respectively). The perturbation can be written as a function of the orbital elements of the small body and planet [see Moons (993) for such an expression with general validity]. The Hamiltonian equation () is then expressed in terms of variables defined in equation (3). To realistically account for the motion of the planets, the time evolution of the planetary orbital elements, provided by the planetary theory (Lasar, 988; Bretagnon and Simon, 99), must be substituted in. If we denote the planetary orbital elements by index o (as osculating) to distinguish them from the proper orbital elements (the latter being denoted by a, e, i, λ, ϖ, Ω ), the general form of the quasiperiodic evolution of the planetary elements is o o a = a + A cosψ λ o o v v v = λ + B cosψ v v v e exp ιϖ = e exp ιϖ + C cos Ψ o o v v v i exp ιω i exp ιω D cosψ = + v v v (4) where Ψ v = Σ (r λ + s ϖ + t Ω ), the multiindex v denoting different values of integers r, s, t, and ι =. By definition, the proper angles evolve linearly with time, with fixed frequencies provided by the planetary theory. We will denote by n, g, s the orbital, perihelion, and node frequencies respectively. In fact, because A v, B v, C v, D v in equation (4) are small, the new functions of the planetary proper elements are at the first approximation identical to the original functions. There will, however, appear important terms at second and higher orders in the planetary masses generated by the substitution of equation (4) in equation (). A number of approximations of equation (4) are used in the literature, varying from the planar model o o with one planet on the circular orbit [a = a, λ = λ = n t, e = i =, where n = ( +µ )/ 3 a and t is time] to more realistic ones. To summarize, it is understood at this point that although we do not explicitly show such an expression, the Hamiltonian equation () is a function of equation (3) and the planets proper elements (through the substitution in equation (4)). This is an autonomous Hamiltonian of 3( + ) degrees of freedom with the general form where = + µ + µ + ( µ 3 ) (5) = + n g g s s Λ + Λ + Λ (6) Λ = ( ) Here, µ denotes the largest of the masses of the involved planets, and Λ, Λ g, Λ s are the canonical momenta conugate to the proper angles λ, ϖ, Ω. To first order in µ, the elimination of the fast orbital angles by the Lieseries canonical transformation (see, e.g., Hori, 966) is equivalent to averaging equation (5) over λ, =,,, maintaining only the terms in which λ, λ, λ appear in resonant combinations,,l,l,m,m [corresponding to the (,) MMR in question]. This procedure is straightforward if one utilizes the resonant variables in equation (5) = ( ) λ + λ + λ p + + λ + λ + λ ν = + + z S = P + + = Λ + P + Q ( ) λ + λ + λ q = + + λ Λ = Λ Λ λ Λ = Λ Λ S z = Q λ,, Λ,, (7) where, in the case of a twobody MMR with the th planet, =. The Hamiltonian equation () written in canonical variables defined by equation (7) is then simply averaged over λ, =,,. The resulting Hamiltonian of the twobody MMR is where BR = + n Λ + g g s ( Λ + Λs + ) Λ = µ (, SS,,, ν,, ϖ, Ω ) + ( µ ) µ z = π z (8) π µ dλ (9) = and ϖ = (ϖ,, ϖ ), Ω = (Ω,, Ω ). In the case of a threebody MMR, in equation (9) contains only terms dependent on ϖ = ν and/or Ω = z ν,
4 38 Asteroids III because depends solely on the variables of the small body and th planet. The resonant terms of threebody MMRs appear at second and higherorder terms in µ. These terms are generated by the substitution of the planetary orbital elements (equation (4)) (the socalled indirect contribution) and by iterating the Lieseries transformation elimination of fast orbital angles to higher orders in µ (the socalled direct contribution). This procedure was described in esvorný and Morbidelli (999). The resonant Hamiltonian of the threebody MMR is 3BR n + n = + Λ ( gλg + s Λs + ) = µ (, SS,, + ν, + νϖ,, Ω) + z Λ + µ (, SS, z,, ν, z, ϖ, Ω) + ( µ 3) z () ote that equations (8) and () have + 3 degrees of freedom (i.e., less than equation (5)). Thus, we learn an important difference between the twoand threebody MMRs, which is that the magnitudes of the resonant terms are proportional to the planetary mass and to the planetary mass squared respectively. As the planetary masses in our solar system are < 3 (in solar units), this shows that a typical twobody MMR is expected to have a larger effect on an asteroid s orbit than a typical threebody MMR would have. To document this fact, let us consider an Hamiltonian with only one,,l,l,m,m (i.e., fixing,,l,l, m,m, and ignoring terms in equations (8) and () with other than this multiindex). Such a Hamiltonian accounts for a single isolated multiplet term of the (,) MMR. The phase portrait of traectories of a single multiplet term is basically equivalent to the phase portrait of traectories of a pendulum. The width in semimaor axis, represented by the maximal extent of the pendulum separatrixes, is a = 8 a3/ res β 3 () where β is the coefficient in front of the cosine of the specific multiplet term in the Fourier expansion of the resonant parts in equations (8) and () (Murray et al., 998; esvorný and Morbidelli, 999). In the case of the twobody MMR, this coefficient is µ P(e, e, i, i ), where P is a polynomial in e, e, i, i with the total power of each term being at least ρ = + (called the resonant order). From equation (), the width of the twobody resonance is then µ a 3/ P res /. For the threebody MMR, ρ = + + and its width is µa3/ res P/. Consequently, the twobody MMR is generally larger than the threebody MMR due to the mass factor. On the other hand, there are typically more threebody MMRs than twobody MMRs within a semimaor axis interval, because three integers (,, ) allow for a larger number of combinations than two integers (, ). In some sense, the larger density of threebody MMRs in the orbital space compensates for their smaller widths, so that both two and threebody MMRs are important for asteroid dynamics. 3. OVERLAPPIG MEAMOTIO RESOACES AD THE GLOBAL STRUCTURE OF THE ASTEROID BELT Let us consider the twobody resonances only. Figure shows the structure of resonant traectories for the 3J: (Figs. a,b), 3J: (Fig. c), 5J: (Fig. d) and 5M:9 (Figs. e,f). The model used for the Jupiter s MMRs (Figs. a d) is an approximation of equation (8) assuming coplanar orbits and a circular orbit for Jupiter. In such case the firstorder resonant Hamiltonian is PC 5 = ( S ) + n ( S) + µ ( S,, ) 5 5 () It does not depend on S z, z because of the coplanarity, and does not depend on ν because 5 in equation () is invariant by rotation around an axis perpendicular to the orbital plane. Consequently, = a e + const 5 + = and traectories can be obtained as level curves of the Hamiltonian in equation (). In Fig., two = const manifolds are shown for the 3J: (firstorder MMR, a res = 3.97 AU) corresponding to eccentricities under (Fig. a) and above (Fig. b) the Jupitercrossing limit. The Jupitercrossing limit is e =.3. Resonant orbits with e >.3 may intersect the orbit of Jupiter. The bold line in Fig. b is where collisions tae place. There are two equilibria in Fig. a: the stable one at = (libration center) and the unstable one at = π. The traectories connected to the unstable equilibrium are called separatrixes. The traectories enclosing the stable equilibrium are the resonant ones. They are characterized by oscillations of about (socalled libration ). Above the Jupitercrossing limit (Fig. b), the traectories near the libration center are protected from collisions. This happens due to the socalled resonant phaseprotection mechanism, which guarantees that conunctions with Jupiter occur when the resonant asteroid is near the perihelion of its orbit, i.e., far from Jupiter. The 3J: MMR (second order) has two libration centers at π/ and 3π/ (Fig. c) and occurs closer to the Sun (a res =.5 AU), where collisions with Jupiter cannot happen on elliptic heliocentric orbits. The 5J: MMR (third order) has, in addition to the libration center at, two other centers at π/3 and 4π/3 (Fig. d). In general, the twobody MMRs interior of the planet s orbit ( > ) have libration cen
5 esvorný et al.: Dynamics in Mean Motion Resonances 383 Semimaor Axis (AU) Semimaor Axis (AU) Semimaor Axis (AU) J:, e = M:9, e =.5, dvarpi = π (e) 5M:9, e =.5, dvarpi = (f).55 3J:, e =..5 (a) (c) 5J:, e = Fig.. Traectories at MMRs. (a,b) 3J: below (a) and above (b) the Jupitercrossing limit; (c) 3J: MMR; (d) 5J: MMR; (e,f) 5M:9 MMR with ϖ ϖ 4 = π (e) and ϖ ϖ 4 = (f). On x axis, is defined by equation (7). Semimaor Axis (AU) Semimaor Axis (AU) Semimaor Axis (AU) J:, e = (d) (b) 4 6 ters at c = π/ρ if ρ is odd and at c = ( + )π/ρ if ρ is even. The exterior resonances have the libration centers at c = ( + )π/ρ if. Conversely, if =, the structure of the exterior resonance is characterized by socalled asymmetric librations where none of the ρ libration centers is at π/ρ or ( + )π/ρ for most values of (Message, 958; Beaugé, 994). An interesting case is that of the twobody MMRs with Mars, due to the large modulation of their widths with the evolution of perihelion longitudes and eccentricities. Figures e and f show the traectories near the 5M:9 MMR (a res =.53 AU) in the coplanar model with Mars on a fixed elliptic orbit (e 4 =.65), assuming two values of perihelion longitudes: ϖ ϖ 4 = π in Fig. e and ϖ ϖ 4 = in Fig. f. In general, when ϖ ϖ = π, the MMRs have their maximum widths. For other phases of the secular angles, the sizes of resonant islands are smaller. The resonant width (i.e., the width of the libration island) can be conveniently estimated by measuring the distance between separatrixes for = (for interior resonances of odd order) or = π/ρ (for interior resonances of even order and exterior resonances with ). For the exterior resonances with =, the separatrix distance is measured at c, which must be determined beforehand as an extreme of equation (). Iterating the algorithm over levels of = const, the resonant width a can be determined as a function of e. Figure shows the MMRs in the asteroid belt. It is an extension of a similar result obtained by Dermott and Murray (983), but accounting for all MMRs with a > 4 AU. We also plot in this figure the asteroids with magnitudes up to the current level of completeness (Jedice and Metcalfe, 998). The orbital distribution of these bodies is thus unaffected by observational biases. In the region of the J:, the resonant orbital elements of all nown resonant obects, regardless of size, are shown. To correctly interpret this figure, one should be aware of the nowclassical result of Chiriov (979) nown as the resonance overlap criterion. This criterion affirms that whenever two resonances with similar sizes overlap, the corresponding resonant orbits become chaotic. The same criterion was used by Wisdom (98) to show the onset of chaos in the vicinity of a planet because of the overlap of the firstorder MMRs with Jupiter. This criterion can be used in the current context to explain why there are so few asteroids located above the threshold in e for the resonance overlap. Moreover, we now from the experience obtained in the last few years with the secular dynamics inside the MMRs that MMRs themselves are usually characterized by chaotic dynamics (see next section). In resonances lie the 3J: and 5J: MMRs (at.5 and.8 AU), and many others, the chaos causes largescale instabilities: The resonant bodies evolve to highe orbits and are removed from resonant orbits by encounters with Mars or Jupiter (Gladman et al., 997). Such resonances are associated with the Kirwood gaps in the asteroid distribution. Smaller MMRs, albeit strongly chaotic, do not generate strong instabilities whenever eccentricities are not near a planetcrossing limit. Large firstorder MMRs are characterized by either marginal instabilities (lie J: at 3.7 AU) or possess cores in which orbital lifetimes exceed the solar system age (such as the 3J: MMR at 3.97 AU and the lowe region in the 4J:3 MMR at 4.9 AU, where 79 Thule is located). The basic impression one has from Fig. is that the MMRs delimit the orbital space inhabited by the observed asteroids in a and e. Due to chaos and instabilities generated by MMRs, this is quite intuitive. Most of the ob in removing the material from the belt was apparently done by several large MMRs with Jupiter (as 3J:, 5J:, 7J:3, 9J:4, 7J:4, 5J:3, etc.) and many narrow MMRs with Mars. It is not more than a curiosity that a few MMRs with Saturn and Earth also exist in the inner and central asteroid belts (6S: at.89 AU, 7S: at.6 AU, E:7 at.35 AU, E:9 at.73 AU, etc.). We have accounted solely for twobody MMRs in Fig.. This happens to be a good approximation when considering the gross structures of the asteroid belt in a and e, but becomes less acceptable when one s obective is to under
6 384 Asteroids III Inner and Central Belts 4J: 7J: 8J:3 6S: 9J:4 5S: 3J: 5J: 7J:3.4 J: Eccentricity.3. Zhongguo S: Outer Belt 3S: 3J: 4J:3.4 Eccentricity.3. 7J:4 5J:3 Hildas. 3.5 Thule Semimaor Axis (AU) 5 Fig.. Global structure of the MMRs in the asteroid belt. There are four different gray shades denoting the regions of resonant motion with planets: light gray for Jupiter MMRs, intermediate for Saturn MMRs, and dar gray for Mars MMRs. Each resonance corresponds to one Vshaped region except the large firstorder MMRs with Jupiter, which have particular shapes. Some of the resonances are labeled. For some Jupiter MMRs the proection of separatrixes on the a, e plane is shown by blac lines; for J:, 3J:, and 4J:3, these lines are bold. We also show the proper (dots; Milani and Knezevic, 994) or orbital elements (crosses; Bowell et al., 994) of asteroids with magnitudes up to the completeness level. In case of the group of small asteroids in the J: MMR (arrow indicates 3789 Zhongguo), the resonant elements are plotted (asteriss; Roig et al., ). Other resonant asteroids are the Hilda group in the 3J: MMR and 79 Thule in the 4J:3 MMR. The orbits above the dashed lines are planetcrossing. stand the dynamics of real bodies. The threebody resonances are usually as narrow as twobody resonances with Mars (< AU), but generally being of a low order, they have nonnegligible sizes down to small eccentricities. Moreover, the threebody MMRs are numerous. 4. CHAOTIC SECULAR DYAMICS I THE MEAMOTIO RESOACES WITH JUPITER: THE KIRKWOOD GAPS The bodies inside the wide MMRs with Jupiter undergo important secular dynamics, in particular for what concerns the evolution of e (Wisdom, 98; Yoshiawa, 99, 99; FerrazMello and Klafe, 99; Morbidelli and Moons, 995; Gladman et al., 997). We briefly review how this can be theoretically ustified, restricting for simplicity to the case where the asteroid and planets have coplanar orbits, although elliptic and precessing [see Morbidelli and Moons (993) for a discussion of the inclined case]. We start from the resonant Hamiltonian equation (8), that we rewrite as BR = PC + where PC is given in equation (), and = BR PC. The function can be considered as a perturbation of PC, because (for D Alembert rules) the former is proportional to the planetary eccentricities. Because PC is integrable, we introduce the Arnold actionangle variables in the MMR region where librates.
7 esvorný et al.: Dynamics in Mean Motion Resonances 385 Following Henrard (99), the transformation has the form ψ π = T t J = π S d ψ ν = ν f(ψ, J, J ν ) J ν = (3) where the integral is done over a traectory of S, for = const (Fig. ), T is a period of the traectory, and f is a periodic function of ψ, with null average. We then write PC and as functions of these variables. By construction, PC now depends only on the new action variables J, J ν. By averaging over ψ, we obtain an Hamiltonian of the form SEC = g PC Λ g + ( J, J ) + ( J, J,, ) ν ν ψν ϖ (4) where ϖ = (ϖ,..., ϖ ). Because this Hamiltonian is independent of ψ, the action J is now a constant of motion. Thus, equation (4) describes the secular dynamics inside the MMR, namely the evolution of the eccentricity (through J ν ) due to the motion of the perihelia of the asteroid and the planets ( ν and ϖ respectively). The mean frequency of the longitude of perihelion can be computed as ψ ν = J SEC ν (5) A firstorder perihelion secular resonance occurs when ψ ν + g =, where g is the frequency of ϖ [for numeric values of g see, e.g., Lasar (988)]. It often occurs in MMRs with Jupiter that the secular resonances associated with the g 5 and g 6 frequencies are located close to each other. To study the effects of the interaction between these two resonances, we construct a tworesonance model by retaining from equation (4) the har q q q q Fig. 3. Sections of the dynamics of equation (6) computed at 6 = for the 3J: MMR. The four panels correspond to increasing values of J, the latter being related to the amplitude of oscillation of a. The label q stands for ϖ ϖ 5, while = J ν = a( 3 e ). At the center of the 3J:, the values =.4,.5,.6,.7,.8,.9 correspond to e =.,.55,.7,.84,.9,.97 respectively. In each panel, the lower limit on the axis is the value that identifies the separatrix of the MMR. Consequently, all the curves that seem to exit from the bottom border of the panels correspond to traectories that hit the separatrix of the MMR during their secular evolution, and are therefore expected to be chaotic. From Moons and Morbidelli (995).
8 386 Asteroids III monic of with arguments 5 = ψ ν + ϖ 5 and/or 6 = ψ ν + ϖ 6. Thus, we consider the Hamiltonian PC 5,6 = g5λg + g6λg (6) ( J, J ) 5,6 ν + ( J, Jν, 5, 6) This is a nonintegrable Hamiltonian that must be studied numerically. The dynamics can be represented on the 5, J ν plane, for instance through a section at 6 =. The sections depend parametrically on J, roughly corresponding to the libration amplitude of a (A a ). In the case of the 3: MMR with Jupiter (Fig. 3), most of the phase space is covered by a chaotic region, which extends up to e = (top borders of the panels). Only the orbits with small A a and e (the smooth curves at the bottom of the two top panels of Fig. 3) still have regular dynamics. These orbits, however, periodically reach Marscrossing eccentricities (e >.3); the encounters with Mars give impulsive changes to a and e, which, although generally very small, effectively modify A a. At large A a, the chaotic region generated by the overlap of the ν 5 and ν 6 resonances extends to all eccentricities (bottom panels of Fig. 3), and the asteroid can therefore rapidly and chaotically evolve to very large e. This combination of largescale chaos of the secular dynamics and wea martian encounters explains the behavior of 3: resonant asteroids observed in numerical integrations of the full equations of motion (see Morbidelli et al., ), and explains the formation of a gap in the asteroid distribution. The same happens in many other maor MMRs with Jupiter that are associated with a Kirwood gap. Moons and Morbidelli (995) have shown that also the 4J:, 5J:, and 7J:3 MMRs are dominated by the chaotic region generated by the overlap of the ν 5 and ν 6 resonances, so that the asteroids in these MMRs can also reach very large e on a timescale of a few million years. Large evolutions of e in many MMRs are typically caused by the secular resonance ν 5 itself. The structure of the ν 5 resonance can be computed in models neglecting g 6 (FerrazMello and Klafe, 99; Klafe et al., 99; Moons and Morbidelli, 995). These models show that by the effect of ν 5, the eccentricity suffers large variations, while ϖ ϖ 5 oscillates around or π. In such models, however, only bodies with certain initial orbits can evolve from low to very high eccentricities (Klafe et al., 99). Other parts of the orbital space are characterized by regular motion bounded at moderate e. This regular motion almost completely vanishes when g 6 is accounted for (as shown above; Fig. 3). Consequently, in a globally chaotic environment, orbits evolve according to the underlying structure of ν 5, and despite their initial location in the orbital space, reach very large e. This is usually accomplished by a series of small transitions because of the interaction of ν 5 and ν 6 and a few large events, when e increases due to the effect of ν 5 (Morbidelli and Moons, 995). 5. TRASIET AD STABLE POPULATIOS OF THE J: AD 3J: MEAMOTIO RESOACES In the J: and 3J: MMRs, simple models with Jupiter s orbit fixed also show a highe regime of motion associated with the ν 5 resonance. In this case, however, the highe regime is separated from low e by regular orbits, which are robust and persist in the models that account for g 6 (Henrard and Lemaître, 987; Morbidelli and Moons, 993; Ferraz Mello, 994b; Michtcheno and FerrazMello, 995; Moons et al., 998). Consequently, unlie in the 3J:, 4J:, 5J:, and 7J:3 MMRs, the secular dynamics do not explain why the observed orbital distribution of asteroids should display a gap at the place of the J: MMR (the Hecuba gap, see Fig. ), where only a few tens of small resonant asteroids reside. Conversely, the 3J: MMR hosts some 6 resonant asteroids nown at the time of writing this text (the Hilda group), with about 3 bodies exceeding 5 m in diameter. This puzzling difference, nown as the : vs. 3: paradox, led some authors to investigate the possibility of opening the Hecuba gap during the primordial stages of the solar system formation by invoing effects that can mutually displace the resonances and amplitudes of asteroids (Henrard and Lemaître, 983). It became clear later that although plausible, such effects are not strictly required to explain the lac of asteroids in the J: MMR. An important difference between the J: and 3J: MMRs was noted by FerrazMello (994a,b). He computed the maximum Lyapounov characteristic exponents (LCE) [the maximum LCE measures the rate of divergence of nearby orbits and is an indicator of chaos (Benettin et al., 976)] of a number of resonant orbits in both MMRs. It turned out that in the J: MMR, LCE ~ yr, while in the 3J: MMR, LCE < 5.5 yr. This indicated that orbits in the J: MMR are chaotic on short timescales (Morbidelli, 996), at variance with the 3J: MMR where most traectories are only wealy chaotic. The comparative study (esvorný and FerrazMello, 997) of the MMRs employing frequency map analysis (Lasar, 988, 999) provided additional clues. Plate shows how the magnitude of the chaotic evolution varies in the orbital space of the J: and 3J: MMRs. The color coding represents the value of log δϖ, where δϖ is the relative change of the perihelion frequency per. m.y. This quantity is a powerful indicator of the rate of chaotic evolution (chaotic diffusion) suffered by orbits in the integration timespan. The results were extrapolated to larger time intervals assuming a chaotic random wal of orbits (see FerrazMello et al., 998a). In regions corresponding to the smallest magnitudes of the chaotic diffusion (deep blue), the orbits evolve relatively by less than % on G.y. Such orbits should be stable over the age of the solar system. Conversely, in regions where log δϖ >.5 (red, yellow), the perihelion frequency of a resonant body should typically change by more than %
9 esvorný et al.: Dynamics in Mean Motion Resonances 387 in less than G.y. Such an evolution should be enough to destabilize the orbit. Thus, the orbits with log δϖ >.5 are expected to be unstable. Despite the large uncertainties involved in the extrapolation from millionyear to billionyear timescales, Plate provides a convincing argument suggesting at least orders in magnitude shorter lifetimes in the J: than in the 3J: MMR. The lifetimes in the most stable regions of the J: MMR were estimated to be on the order of 9 yr (Morbidelli, 996; esvorný and Ferraz Mello, 997). Recently, these results has been put on firmer ground by direct simulation of 5 test bodies in the J: MMR over 4 G.y. (Roig et al., ). This simulation showed that the most stable region of the J: MMR is characterized by marginal instabilities: There is about a 5% probability that a body started at 3. < a < 3.3 AU,. < e <.4, small i, and ϖ ϖ J = = escapes from the resonance in 4 G.y. because of the diffusive chaos. Thus, the lac of a larger asteroid population in the J: MMR is at least partially due to the slow removal of primordial population in the last 4 G.y. The group of resonant asteroids, now accounting for some 3 small bodies nown as the Zhongguo group, is localized in a very small region in the resonance where lifetimes generally exceed 4 G.y. The origin of the Zhongguo group is unnown. This group has a steep size distribution, which would be expected from the collision inection at the breaup of the parent body of the Themis family (Morbidelli, 996). The large eection velocities needed for such inection, an offset in e between the Themis family and the Zhongguo group, and possibly incompatible spectral type of (3789) Zhongguo, however, suggest this to be an unliely origin (Roig et al., ). The Zhongguo group seems to be an order of magnitude more depleted than what would be expected from a dynamically eroded population similar to the Hilda group. Assuming Zhongguos to be dynamically primordial bodies in the J: MMR, their additional depletion could have been achieved by collision processes or during the primordial stages of the solar system formation. The slow diffusive chaos in the J: MMR is where the concept of a resonance between an asteroid and two perturbing planets first appeared. As originally pointed out (FerrazMello, 997; Michtcheno and FerrazMello, 997; FerrazMello et al., 998b) the slow chaos in the J: MMR is probably generated by commensurabilities between the periods of the Great Inequality, i.e., the period of λ 5 5λ 6 ( 88 yr), and of = λ 5 λ ϖ (3 5 yr). Symplectic maps of the J: MMR found the central region less chaotic when the effect of the Great Inequality was switched off. The effect of this resonance was also put into evidence in direct numerical simulations by artificially changing the Great Inequality period to 44 yr. In such situation, which could have occurred when Jupiter and Saturn were slightly closer to each other during the primordial migration phase (Fernandez and Ip, 984), the beat between the periods of the Great Inequality and of was approximately :, and the instabilities in the J: MMR were significantly accelerated (inset in Plate ). The effect of the Great Inequality may be analytically modeled as overlap between the J: and 5S: MMRs (Morbidelli, ). 6. UMEROUS ARROW MEAMOTIO RESOACES DRIVIG THE CHAOTIC DIFFUSIO The narrow MMRs (threebody, highorder twobody, and resonances with Mars) in the asteroid belt are usually not powerful enough to destabilize bodies continuously resupplied into them by the Yarovsy force (Botte et al., b) and collisions (Morbidelli et al., 995; Zappalà et al., ). Consequently, the narrow MMRs do not open gaps in the asteroid distribution and are populated by many asteroids at present. In the following three sections, we discuss the threebody MMRs (section 6.), narrow twobody MMRs (section 6.), and MMRs with Mars (section 6.3). 6.. ThreeBody MeanMotion Resonances The growing evidence that many asteroids move on chaotic orbits (Milani and obili, 99; Milani and Knezevic, 994; Holman and Murray, 996, Šidlichovsý and esvorný, 997; Knezevic and Milani, ) has challenged the view of the asteroid belt as an unchanging, fossil remnant of its primordial state. For example, the asteroid 49 Veritas at a = 3.74 AU has a Lyapunov time (defined as an inverse of the LCE), yr, showing unpredictability of the orbit over > 5 yr intervals. It was moreover noted that e and i of this obect chaotically evolve outside the borders of the Veritas family (of which 49 Veritas is the largest fragment) in 5 m.y. Based on this fact, the age of the Veritas family was hypothesized to be of this order (Milani and obili, 99). In our current understanding, 49 Veritas is one among many obects in the asteroid belt residing in the threebody MMRs. Convincing demonstration of this fact was provided by estimates of the LCE for large samples of real and fictitious asteroids (esvorný and Morbidelli, 998; Murray et al., 998; Morbidelli and esvorný, 999). Figure 4 shows the profile of the LCE computed for test bodies initially at e =. and i =. The peas correspond to chaotic regions. Some of the main peas may be identified with twobody MMRs (3J: at.5 AU, 5J: at.8 AU, 7J:3 at.96 AU, etc.), while most of the narrow peas are related to threebody MMRs. Moreover, many twobody MMRs with Mars occur in the inner asteroid belt (..5 AU). It has been shown that a large fraction of real asteroids reside in narrow resonances (esvorný and Morbidelli, 998). 49 Veritas evolves in the 5J: S:, the angle 5,,,,,,,, having irregular oscillations about correlated with oscillations of semimaor axis about a res = 3.74 AU. This result raised questions concerning the implications of such a complex chaotic structure of the asteroid belt.
10 388 Asteroids III log(lce) (LCE in yr ) ν 6 8M:3 M:8 4M:3 5J: 3S: 3M:5 6M:7 M:7 J: 9S: 7M: M:9 M: J: 7 3M: 4J: U: M:J: 4M:7 4J: S: 9M:6 7J: 9J: 5S: 5M:9 6M: 7M:3 5J: 4S: 8M:5 J:3 9J: 6S: J:3S: 4J: S: 6J: 7S: M: (a) log(lce) (LCE in yr ) Semimaor Axis (AU) (b) J: 7J: S: 7J: 3S: J: 6S: 3 6J: S: J:4 9J: S: 3 7J: 4S: 8J:3 3J: S: J: S: 4 J: 6S: 3 5J: 9J: S: Semimaor Axis (AU) (c) log(lce) (LCE in yr ) J: 3S: 4 6S: J:S: J:5 4J: 4S: 7J:3 5J: S: 7J: 6S: 9J: S: 8J: 3S: 3 9J:4 J: S: 5 J:5 3J: S: 5J: 7S: 3J:6 J: 3S: 5 9J: S: 4 5J:7 8J 4S: 3 7J:8 3J:3S: 5J: S: 7J: 7S: 7J: S: 3 J: Semimaor Axis (AU) Fig. 4. The estimate of the LCE computed for test bodies initially placed on a regular grid in semimaor axis, with e =.. (a) The gravitational perturbations provided by the terrestrial planets were taen into account in addition to the perturbations of four giant planets. (b,c) Accounted only for four giant planets. The figure shows many peas that rise from a bacground level. The bacground value of about 5.3 yr is dictated by the limited integration timespan (. m.y.); increasing the latter, the bacground level generally decreases. The peas reveal the existence of narrow chaotic regions associated with MMRs. The main resonances are indicated above the corresponding peas. From Morbidelli and esvorný (999). Asteroids were shown to escape from the main belt to Marsand Jupitercrossing orbits due to a slow chaotic evolution of eccentricities in narrow resonances. Realistic modeling including the Yarovsy effect demonstrated that the narrow resonances are an important source of the nearearthobect population (Migliorini et al., 998; Morbidelli and esvorný, 999; Botte et al., a). Recently, narrow MMRs were also hypothesized to disperse the asteroid families in e and i, possibly creating their often asymmetric shapes (esvorný et al., ). If this process is as general as conectured, many asteroid families could have been created as small groupings and later were dynamically dispersed by chaotic diffusion in narrow MMRs and by the Yarovsy effect. This mechanism may eventually solve the paradox between hydrocode simulations of breaup events suggesting creation of tightly grouped collision swarms, and the observed, largely dispersed asteroid families. Theoretical modeling of the threebody MMRs revealed several clues to understanding the behavior of asteroids in numerical simulations. The resonant Hamiltonian of sev
11 esvorný et al.: Dynamics in Mean Motion Resonances 389 eral threebody MMRs with Jupiter and Saturn in the planar model has been computed by Murray et al. (998) and by esvorný and Morbidelli (999). Following the notation of the latter wor, the Hamiltonian of the 5 J: 6 S: MMRs (equation ()) can be written as a Fourier expansion amplitude librations (in years) is T = ares 3β (9) 5 6 s s s =, v( αres) e5e6e cos[ l5ϖ5 + l6ϖ6 l( + ν)] a 5 v s5 s6 s =, v( αres) e5e6e cos[,,( l5, l6), l,, ] a 5 v (7) where α res = a res /a 5, and the multiindex v denotes different values of integers s 5, s 6, s, l 5, l 6, l. The angle,,(l5,l 6 ),l,, in equation (7) is given in terms of and ν (equation (7)). Denoting µ β = a 5 5 v l5= l6= es, (8) v these coefficients, truncated at two lowest orders in e, are given in Table. Ignoring all but one resonant multiplet term in equation (7) (generically denoted by * ), the complete Hamiltonian equation () can be reduced to the Hamiltonian of a simple pendulum = α(s ) + β cos *, representing a constant parameter (esvorný and Morbidelli, 999; Murray et al., 998). The resonant full width can then be computed from equation (). Similarly, the period of small The position of the libration center c is determined by the signs of α and β. As α = 3λ /a res is always negative, the resonant center is at when β >, and at π when β <. Moreover, according to simple arguments, the Lyapunov time is on the order of the libration period, so that T provides a rough estimate of the LCE (Benettin and Gallavotti, 986; Holman and Murray, 996). Table shows a, T, and c for the most important threebody MMRs with e =.. The values computed from equations () and (9) are in good agreement with numerical results (Fig. 4). In particular, 49 Veritas was numerically found to evolve in the 5J: S: MMR with.4au oscillations of a and the libration period of several 3 yr, both values being in agreement with the ones in Table. Understanding the chaos and the longterm evolution of asteroids in the threebody MMRs requires to account for more than one multiplet term in equation (7). Murray et al. (998) and esvorný and Morbidelli (999) showed that different multiplets of the threebody MMR generally overlap, thus creating a chaotic domain at the position of the MMR. Quantitative estimates of the LCE and diffusion timescales in this domain showed that significant chaotic evolutions of e and i of resonant bodies occur on long timespans (Murray and Holman, 997; Murray et al., 998). Conversely, the semimaor axis of resonant bodies remains TABLE. Analytic results on the threebody MMRs (from esvorný and Morbidelli, 999). Resonant Libration Period Libration Resonance Semimaor Axis Coefficient Resonance Width T ( 3 yr) Center Designation a res (AU) β ( 8 ) (e =.) (e =.) c 4J: S: e.e J: S: e 3.94e J: S: e 3.95e J: S: e 3 53.e J: 3S: e + 5.8e π J: S: e e 5.5 6J: S: e 3 +.3e π 4J: 3S: e.9 3 π 7J: 4S: e.356e J: S: e +.36e π 4J: 4S:.99.3e +.69e J: S: e.3e J: 3S: e + 4.e π 3J: S: e π 6J: S: e e 6. 3 π 8J: 4S: e.99e J: 3S: e e π 5J: S: e 3.3e J: S: e + 73e π
12 39 Asteroids III loced in the interval spanned by the resonant multiplet and although behaving stochastically on short timespans, never directly evolves outside the resonant borders, unless two or more different MMRs overlap (the case of high e in Fig. ). 6.. arrow TwoBody MeanMotion Resonances with Jupiter As discussed above, the details of the multiplet structure of each twobody and threebody resonance affect the extent of the chaotic zone associated with the resonance, the typical Lyapunov time for a small body in that resonance, and the timescale on which such a body might chaotically diffuse in the space of orbital elements. Useful analytic models of these effects can be obtained using some simplifying assumptions (Holman and Murray, 996; Murray and Holman, 997; Murray et al., 998). We show an example of such modeling for a twobody resonance (see also Morbidelli, ). This modeling can be used with small modifications for the threebody (esvorný and Morbidelli, 999) and Mars MMRs. To most simply account for the multiplet structure of a twobody (,) MMR, we restrict ourselves to the planar elliptic threebody model. The resonant Hamiltonian of such model can be written = + n Λ + c P + c s P ( Λ, ) ( Λ, ) Λ s = cos λ + λ + sp + s ϖ + ( ) () where c is a part of µ in equation (8) independent of angles. In equation (), we retained only those terms of the Fourier expansion of equation (8) that are lowest order in the eccentricities of the planet and the small body. For simplicity, we arbitrarily set ϖ =, and drop it from equation (). The canonical variables we use in the following slightly differ from equation (7). We define them by ψ = λ + λ Ψ= ( Λ Λ ) φ = p I = P () λ Λ = Λ Λ where Λ = a res is the unperturbed MMR location. Keeping the lowestorder terms in Ψ and I in the Taylor expansion of first three terms of Hamiltonian equation (), we get + = βψ + εai + cs( I) cos( ψ + sφ) () s = where β and εa = c / I(Λ,) are the constants associated with the Taylor expansion, and c s (I) = c s (Λ,I). To apply the resonance overlap criterion to the Hamiltonian equation () we must compute the separation and widths of the individual multiplet terms in the resonance. The separation in Ψ between two such terms is given by βδψ = εa, while the width of each multiplet is Ψ = cs(, I P)/β. The stochasticity parameter (Chiriov, 979; Lichtenberg and Lieberman, 983) is then K eff = π Ψ = δψ cs β πβ εα (3) where c s is the coefficient of a representative multiplet term (Murray and Holman, 997). The orbits in the MMR will be chaotic if K eff > K crit, where K crit ~. The extent of the chaotic zone in Ψ (and therefore in semimaor axis) is roughly given by the Ψ range of those multiplet terms that overlap. The Lyapunov time in the chaotic zone is given by T L π Keff Keff Keff π /ln ~ εα 4 4 εα (4) which indicates that the Lyapunov time is comparable to the precession period. If K eff > K crit, the diffusion in Ψ and I, can be described by the FoerPlanc equation (Lichtenberg and Lieberman, 983; Murray and Holman, 997). The associated diffusion coefficients are D Ψ and K c eff εα s πβ = = c πβ β εα D I s = s D = c Ψ s π εα s π εα (5) (6) In the model of Murray and Holman (997) the resonant bodies execute random wals in Ψ (or semimaor axis) and I (or eccentricity). These random wal are subect to boundary conditions. The permissible values of Ψ lie within the range of values for which the resonant multiplet terms overlap (the chaotic zone). The values of I range from I = (circular orbit) to I = I max, where I max corresponds to planet crossing. The bounding values of Ψ and I = can be modeled as reflecting barriers, and the value of I = I max as an absorbing barrier. For a resonant asteroid at I, the solution of the FoerPlanc equation yields typical values of the removal time, T R, of I I T R ~ max D ( I ) D ( I ) I max I (7) Figure 5 shows removal times for outerbelt asteroids in a number of twobody MMRs. The solid symbols are the results of numerical integrations; the open symbols are analytic predictions from equation (7). The values of I were determined from short numerical integrations of resonant asteroids, hence the scatter in the predicted removal
13 esvorný et al.: Dynamics in Mean Motion Resonances 39 T R (yr) 3: :6 9:5 3.5 a (Jupiter Units) times. In most cases the results of numerical experiments agree with the analytic predictions to an order of magnitude. The results of these calculations indicate that for highorder MMRs in the outer belt, removal times are in some MMRs substantially shorter than the age of the solar system (the case of the 7J:4, 5J:3, and 8J:5 MMRs) and in other resonances substantially longer than the age of the solar system (the 3J:7 and J:6 MMRs). Figure 5 shows that resonances lie the 7J:4, 5J:3, and 8J:5 MMR are expected to correspond to gaps in the asteroid distribution. Indeed, no large outerbelt asteroids are observed in them (Fig. ). The outer asteroid belt, however, seems more depleted than what would be expected from the effect of chaotic resonances. This led some authors to suggest that depletion occurred during the primordial radial migration of the planets (Holman and Murray, 996; Liou and Malhotra, 997). The same scenario can also nicely explain the presence of many asteroids in the 3J: MMR, which could have been captured by the resonance accompanying the inward migration of the Jupiter. Alternatively, the outer asteroid belt could have been depleted by the effect of large Jupiterscattered planetesimals (Petit et al., 999) MeanMotion Resonances with Mars 7:4 :7 It may seem surprising at a first glance that the MMRs with Mars are important in the asteroid belt because Mars 5: a (AU) 3:8 8:5 : Fig. 5. The removal times for outerbelt asteroids in a number of twobody MMRs with Jupiter. The solid symbols are the results of numerical integrations; the open symbols are analytic predictions from equation (7). The arrows represent lower limits obtained from numerical integration of bodies in MMRs characterized by extremely slow chaotic diffusion. Here, Jupiter units are 5. AU. From Murray and Holman (997). is a factor of 3 less massive than Jupiter. Thus, according to the discussion in section, the twobody MMRs with Mars should be in general a factor 3 ~55 smaller than the twobody MMRs with Jupiter. In the inner asteroid belt, however, this factor may be compensated for by the small distance between an asteroid and Mars. Indeed, the width of any MMRs near the planetcrossing limit becomes large. According to Fig. (see also Fig. 4), the MMRs with Mars provide a dominant source of chaos in the inner asteroid belt, overwhelming in size and number the MMRs with Jupiter. The dynamical interaction of asteroids with the MMRs with Mars is complex. As an example, Fig. 5 shows the evolution of a, = 9λ 4 λ + 3ϖ, and e 3/ of 4 Daphne. This asteroid is temporally captured in the 3M: MMR when e becomes large during the secular oscillations. The irregular behavior of a and witnesses the chaoticity of the orbit, which has a Lyapunov time of < 4 yr (Šidlichovsý, 999). Very little analytical wor has been done on the subect of the MMRs with Mars. Figures e f are apparently highly idealized approximations of the real dynamics (Fig. 6). To understand the real dynamics, it is important to account for the rich multiplet structure of the MMRs with Mars and the significant timemodulation of each multiplet s width with varying eccentricities (interesting MMRs with Mars are usually of a very high order). The chaotic diffusion in the MMRs with Mars provide transfer routes from the asteroid belt to Marscrossing orbits. This source was hypothesized to be one of the maor sources of large EAs (Migliorini et al., 998; Morbidelli and esvorný, 999; Botte et al., a). The detailed mechanism of this transfer involves the complex interaction of the Yarovsy effect and MMRs. In particular, the Yarovsy effect is thought to be responsible for refilling MMRs by new obects; otherwise the space occupied by the active MMRs would be cleared of the asteroids, and gaps in the asteroid distribution at resonant semimaor axes would be created. Such gaps are not currently observed. 7. PERSPECTIVES In the last decade, we witnessed fascinating progress from studies of separate MMRs in simplest physical models to the global understanding of the structure and effects of MMRs throughout the asteroid belt. evertheless, we feel that many open problems await solution. The least developed is the modeling of narrow resonances, especially the threebody MMRs and the MMRs with Mars. The intricate interaction of MMRs and the Yarovsy effect is an interesting subect for future studies. Basically, one would lie to now how the probability of capture of a drifting body into narrow MMRs depends on the magnitude and direction of the semimaor axis drift, and whether the phase of secular angles plays any role in the capture process. Ideally, when capture occurs, one would also lie to statistically estimate the change of e and i of an asteroid during the time spent on a resonant orbit. Although some hints about these processes may be derived from re
14 39 Asteroids III.7648 (a) Semimaor Axis (AU) Time (yr) (b) (degrees) Time (yr) (c) 3 e 3/ Time (yr) Fig. 6. The evolution of orbital elements of the asteroid 4 Daphne. The panels show (a) the semimaor axis, (b) = 9λ 4 λ + 3ϖ, and (c) e 3/. The evolution of 4 Daphne is characterized by the interaction with the 9M: MMR. The width of a MMR is proportional to e ρ/ (see equation () and related discussion), where here ρ = 3. Consequently, the resonant width seen by the asteroid is largely modulated with the parameter in (c). Resonant behavior occurs only when the eccentricity of 4 Daphne is large. Adapted from Šidlichovsý (999). cent numerical simulations, the general trends in the parameter space are unnown. Yet the interaction of narrow MMRs with the Yarovsy effect is important for such issues as the origin of EAs and the dynamical dispersion of the asteroid families. Also remaining are a few puzzles concerning the asteroid population of large MMRs in the asteroid belt, possibly related to the processes involved in the early stages of the solar system formation. We note that a large number of asteroids exist in the 3J: MMR, while both the J: and 4J:3 MMRs are substantially depleted. Although some depletion of latter resonances can be explained by the chaotic processes acting in the last 4 b.y., additional depopulation liely occurred during the formation of the asteroid belt. Is the resonant structure of the outer asteroid belt a natural outcome of the accretion itself (Petit et al., 999), or possibly a sign of the primor
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