17-19 February 2020
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma
Europe/Rome timezone

Picturing the solar system small bodies with new-generation adaptive-optics systems

17 Feb 2020, 15:30
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma

Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma

Palazzo Corsini via della Lungara, 10 Roma


Davide Perna (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF))


Information about solar system small bodies’ size, shape and surface structures is crucial to shed light on the mechanisms behind planetary accretion and evolution.
Until very recently, a detailed characterization of such properties could be obtained only for the handful of objects visited by space missions.
However, new-generation adaptive-optics instruments can open a new frontier in planetary sciences, allowing ground-based disk-resolved investigation of a much greater, statistically significant, number of small bodies.
I will review the state-of-the-art of this field and discuss its perspectives, especially in view of the upcoming availability of advanced instruments of special interest for the Italian community.

Primary author

Davide Perna (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF))


Elisabetta Dotto Elena Mazzotta Epifani Simone Ieva (INAF - Osservatorio astronomico di Roma) Simone Antoniucci (INAF - OAR) Marco Micheli (ESA) Fernando Pedichini (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Massimiliano Mattioli (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)) Valentina D'Orazi (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF))

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