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Title: Geodesy constraints on the interior structure and composition of Mars
Authors: Rivoldini, A ×
Van Hoolst, Tim
Verhoeven, O
Mocquet, A
Dehant, V #
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V.
Series Title: Icarus vol:213 issue:2 pages:451-472
Abstract: Knowledge of the interior structure of Mars is of fundamental importance to the understanding of its past and present state as well as its future evolution. The most prominent interior structure properties are the state of the core, solid or liquid, its radius, and its composition in terms of light elements, the thickness of the mantle, its composition, the presence of a lower mantle, and the density of the crust. In the absence of seismic sounding only geodesy data allow reliably constraining the deep interior of Mars. Those data are the mass, moment of inertia, and tides. They are related to Mars' composition, to its internal mass distribution, and to its deformational response to principally the tidal forcing of the Sun. Here we use the most recent estimates of the moment of inertia and tidal Love number k(2) in order to infer knowledge about the interior structure of the Mars.
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ISSN: 0019-1035
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute of Astronomy
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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