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Proposal Information for 2002B-0245


PI: Joel Parker, Southwest Research Institute, joel@boulder.swri.edu
Address: Suite 426, 1050 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80305, USA

CoI: Lynne Allen, University of Michigan
CoI: Brett Gladman, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
CoI: Carl Hergenrother, LPL/University of Arizona
CoI: J. J. Kavelaars, McMaster University

Title: The Kuiper Belt Recovery Program

Abstract: The number of known Kuiper belt objects continues to increase each year, and the rate will soon accelerate significantly due to new and continuing wide-field projects dedicated to the discovery of these outer solar system bodies. A focused program dedicated to the \em recovery of these objects is necessary if the considerable effort and observing time spent on the discoveries are to have any long-term scientific significance. Our project explicitly addresses that need by providing reliable recovery observations (integrated with a CFHT survey we are conducting) at sufficient frequency to keep pace with the discoveries that need follow-up, as well as to provide photometric data for use in analysis of Kuiper belt physical properties such as size distribution, dynamics, formation, and structure. This NOAO proposal requests two KPNO observing runs at the end of semester 2002B to continue our successful recovery project. Our measurements will assure that the calculated orbits are determined well enough for future photometric and spectroscopic observations for physical studies. We have an efficient and proven pipeline to: find objects, provide sub- arcsecond absolute astrometry and calibrated photometry, determine orbits, and report results to the Minor Planet Center to refine the orbital elements.


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