Accession Number : AD0438007


Title :   ANGULAR MOMENTUM FLUX IN THE FORMATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM,


Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE


Personal Author(s) : Gaut,Norman E


Report Date : 01 Feb 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 133


Abstract : The paper is divided into three sections. The first is an introduction. The second presents a comprehensive historical review of theories explaining the origin of the Solar System. Part three introduces the concept of gravitational torques and eddy transfer of angular momentum in a hypothetical model of a solar nebula. It is found that if a spiral asymmetry of the mass distribution is present, the gravitational torques of particles outside an imaginary radial wall, on those inside, tends to draw agular momentum radially outward. The eddy transport of angular momentum for the same distribution is found to be inward. The magnitude of the gravitational torque appears to dominate the advective rate of angular momentum flux but by less than one order of magnitude. (Author)


Descriptors :   *SOLAR SYSTEM , HISTORY , MOMENTUM , PLANETS , SUN


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE