DescriptionThe Nice Model, is an evolutionary model for the outer Solar System which has explained many puzzling observed qualities of the Solar System. As the newly formed planets cleared debris from the young Solar System, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune tended to scatter objects inward, while Jupiter ejected these planetesimals out of the Solar System. To conserve angular momentum through this process, Jupiter slowly migrates inward while the other giant planets move outward. When Jupiter and Saturn cross a period of orbital resonance, the entire Solar System experiences a massive instability. We will run simulations to probe the affect of such an instability on an evolving system of inner planets.
OrganizationUniversity of Oklahoma
DepartmentPhysics and Astronomy
Sponsor Campus GridOSG Connect
Principal Investigator
Nathan Kaib
Field Of SciencePhysics and astronomy