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Volume 380, Number 2, December III 2001
Page(s) 761 - 775
Section Computational methods
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20011435

A&A 380, 761-775 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20011435

DSMC simulation of the vertical structure of planetary rings

A. Frezzotti

Dipartimento di Matematica del Politecnico di Milano Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32 -20133 Milano, Italy

(Received 3 April 2001 / Accepted 4 October 2001 )

A statistical Monte Carlo method (DSMC) is developed to simulate granular flows occurring in dense planetary rings. The accuracy of the method is assessed through a comparison with existing molecular dynamics simulations of the vertical structure of planetary rings with and without self-gravity effects.

Key words: planets: rings

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