DPS 34th Meeting, October 2002
Session 42. Extrasolar Planets and Systems
Oral, Chair(s): W.D. Cochran and M.J. Kuchner, Friday, October 11, 2002, 11:15am-12:45pm, Ballroom

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[42.08] The Geometry of Resonant Signatures in Debris Disks with Planets

M. J. Kuchner, M. J. Holman (CfA)

Using simple geometrical arguments, we paint an overview of the variety of resonant structures a single planet with moderate eccentricity (e < 0.6) can create in a dynamically cold, optically thin dust disk. This overview may serve as a key for interpreting images of perturbed debris disks and inferring the dynamical properties of the planets responsible for the perturbations. We compare the resonant structures found in the solar system with observations of planetary systems around Vega and other stars and we offer a new model for the asymmetries in the Epsilon Eridani disk.

This work was performed in part under contract with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) through the Michelson Fellowship program funded by NASA as an element of the Planet Finder Program.

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