Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Rossi A., Marzari F., Scheeres D. J. Computing the effects of YORP on the spin rate distribution of the NEO population. In: Icarus, vol. 202 (1) pp. 95 - 103. Elsevier, 2009.
The overall change of NEO spin rate due to planetary encounters and YORP is evaluated by using a Monte Carlo model. A large sample of test objects mimicking a source population is evolved over a timescale comparable with the Solar System age until they reach a steady state spin distribution that should reproduce the current NEO distribution. The spin change due to YORP is computed for each body according to a simplified model based on Scheeres [Scheeres, D.J., 2007a. Icarus 188, 430450]. The steady state cumulative distribution of NEO spin rates obtained from our simulation nicely reproduces the observed one, once our results are biased to match the diameter distribution of the sample of objects included in the observational database. The excellent agreement strongly suggests that YORP is responsible for the concentration of spin at low rotation rates. In fact, in the absence of YORP the steady state population significantly deviates from the observed one. The spin evolution due to YORP is also so rapid for NEOs that the initial rotation rate distribution of any source population is quickly relaxed to that of the observed population. This has profound consequences for the study of NEO origin since we cannot trace the sources of NEOs from their rotation rate only.
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DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2009.02.030
Subject Asteroids
Rotational dynamics
YORP effect
J.2 Physical Sciences and Engineering

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