The small numbers of large Kuiper belt objects

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1088/0004-6256/147/1/2
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TypeArticle
Journal titleAstronomical Journal
ISSN0004-6256
Volume147
Issue1
Article number2
AbstractWe explore the brightness distribution of the largest and brightest (m(R) < 22) Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs). We construct a luminosity function of the dynamically excited or hot Kuiper Belt (orbits with inclinations >5°) from the very brightest to m(R) = 23. We find for m(R) ≲ 23, a single slope appears to describe the luminosity function. We estimate that 2 KBOs brighter than m(R)19.5 are present in the Kuiper Belt today. With nine bodies already discovered this suggests that the inventory of bright KBOs is nearly complete. © 2014. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved..
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (HIA-IHA)
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