On the composition of ices incorporated in Ceres

Mousis, Olivier; Alibert, Yann (2005). On the composition of ices incorporated in Ceres. Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 358(1), pp. 188-192. Blackwell Publishing Ltd 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2005.08777.x

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We use the clathrate hydrate trapping theory and gas drag formalism to calculate the composition of ices incorporated in the interior of Ceres. Utilizing a time-dependent solar nebula model, we show that icy solids can drift from beyond 5 au to the present location of the asteroid and be preserved from vaporization. We argue that volatiles were trapped in the outer solar nebula in the form of clathrate hydrates, hydrates and pure condensates prior to having been incorporated in icy solids and subsequently in Ceres. Under the assumption that most of volatiles were not vaporized during the accretion phase and the thermal evolution of Ceres, we determine the per mass abundances with respect to H2O of CO2, CO, CH4, N2, NH3, Ar, Xe and Kr in the interior of the asteroid. The Dawn space mission, scheduled to explore Ceres in August 2014, may have the capacity to test some predictions. We also show that an in situ measurement of the D/H ratio in H2O in Ceres could constrain the distance range in the solar nebula where its icy planetesimals were produced.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute

UniBE Contributor:

Alibert, Yann

Subjects:

500 Science > 530 Physics

ISSN:

0035-8711

Publisher:

Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marceline Brodmann

Date Deposited:

22 Sep 2020 14:18

Last Modified:

22 Sep 2020 14:18

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1365-2966.2005.08777.x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.116157

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/116157

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