Ensemble properties of comets in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Michael Solontoi, Zeljko Lvezic, Mario Juric, Andrew C. Becker, Lynne Jones, Andrew A. West, Steve Kent, Robert H. Lupton, Mark Claire, Gillian R. Knapp, Tom Quinn, James E. Gunn, Donald P. Schneider

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Abstract

We present the ensemble properties of 31 comets (27 resolved and 4 unresolved) observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). This sample of comets represents about 1 comet per 10 million SDSS photometric objects. Five-band (u,g,r,i,z) photometry is used to determine the comets' colors, sizes, surface brightness profiles, and rates of dust production in terms of the Af rho formalism. We find that the cumulative luminosity function for the Jupiter Family Comets in our sample is well fit by a power law of the form N(
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-584
Number of pages14
JournalIcarus
Volume218
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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