EDP Sciences
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Volume 368, Number 3, March IV 2001
Page(s) 1108 - 1114
Section The solar system
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20000356
Published online 15 March 2001

A&A 368, 1108-1114 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20000356

An attempt to detect Vulcanoids with SOHO/LASCO images

I. Scale relativity and quantization of the solar system
G. Schumacher1 and J. Gay2

1  Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Département Augustin Fresnel, CNRS-UMR 6528, Av. Copernic, 06130 Grasse, France
2  Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Département Augustin Fresnel, CNRS-UMR 6528, Bd. de l'Observatoire, BP 4229, 06304 Nice Cedex 4, France

(Received 4 October 2000 / Accepted 28 November 2000)

We report an attempt to verify one of the predictions of Scale Relativity theory, namely that a small Vulcanoid should exist at 0.18 AU from the Sun. We have analyzed images taken by the coronograph LASCO aboard the satellite SOHO. Raw images are processed in order to eliminate cosmic ray impacts, stars and to improve the contrast. We have examined the resulting cleaned-up images both visually and by means of automatic detection using our own software. We have found no objects of visual magnitude 7 or brighter, corresponding to bodies with a diameter exceeding 60 km.

Key words: gravitation -- methods: data analysis -- techniques: image processing -- minor planets, asteroids -- solar system: general

Offprint request: G. Schumacher, schumacher@obs-azur.fr

© ESO 2001

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