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Book Chapters and Proceedings

Noll, K. S., Grundy, W. M., Chiang, E. I., Margot, J. L., and Kern, S. D. 2008. Binaries in the Kuiper Belt. In: M. A. Barucci, H. Boehnhardt, D. P. Cruikshank, and A. Morbidelli (Eds.), The Solar System Beyond Neptune, Univ. of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp. 345-364.

Kern, S. D. 2006. A study of binary Kuiper belt objects. Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachuestts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

Elliot, J. L., Kern, S. D., Gulbis, A. A. S., Kane, J. F. 2006. Exploring the Kuiper Belt with the Magellan Telescopes. RevMexAA 26, 1-2.

Kern, S. D. 2000 Physical and Dynamical Observations of the Kuiper Belt and Centaurs: A Comprehensive Study. University of Arizona Honors College & Astronomy Department. Undergraduate thesis.

Teaching

Kern, S. D. and Elliot, J. L. 2006. Lab Manual for 12.410J-8.287J. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachuestts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

Kern, S. D., D. W. McCarthy 2000. Making your Own Astronomical Camera. The Universe in the Classroom, Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 50 - Second Quarter Newsletter.

 

Please email me if you are interested in copies of any of these publications. Most of them can also be found on ADS.

The Deep Ecliptic Survey 

Gulbis, A. A. S., Elliot, J. L., Adams, E. R., Benecchi, S. D., Buie, M. W., Trilling, D. E., and  Wasserman, L. H. Unbiased Inclination Distributions for Objects in the Kuiper Belt. Astron. J. 140, 350-369.

Elliot, J. L., Kern, S. D., Clancy, K. B., Gulbis, A. A. S., Millis, R. L., Buie, M. W., Wasserman, L. H., Chiang, E. I., Jordan, A. B., Trilling, D. E., Meech, K. J. 2005. The Deep Ecliptic Survey: A Search for Kuiper Belt Objects and Centaurs. II. Dynamical Classification, the Kuiper Belt Plane, and the Core Population. Astron. J. 129, 1117-1162.

Chiang, E. I., Jordan, A. B., Millis, R. L., Buie, M. W., Wasserman, L. H., Elliot, J. L., Kern, S. D., Trilling, D. E., Meech, K. J., Wagner, R. M. 2003. Resonance Occupation in the Kuiper Belt: Case Examples of the 5:2 and Trojan Resonances. Astron. J. 126, 430-443.

Buie, M. W., Millis, R. L., Wasserman, L. H., Elliot, J. L., Kern, S. D., Clancy, K. B., Chiang, E. I., Jordan, A. B., Meech, K. J., Wagner, R. M., Trilling, D. E. 2003. Procedures, Resources and Selected Results of the Deep Ecliptic Survey. EMP 92, 113-124.

Millis, R. L., Buie, M. W., Wasserman, L. H., Elliot, J. L., Kern, S. D., Wagner, R. M. 2002. The Deep Ecliptic Survey: A Search for Kuiper Belt Objects and Centaurs. I. Description of Methods and Initial Results. Astron. J. 123, 2083-2109.

Kuiper Belt (mostly Binaries) 

Benecchi, S. D., Noll, K. S., Stephens, D. C., Grundy, W. M., Rawlins, J. 2011 Optical and Infrared Colors of Transneptunian Objects Observed with HST. Icarus 213, 693-709.

Grundy, W. M., Noll, K. S., Nimmo, F., Roe, H. G., Buie, M. W., Porter, S., Benecchi, S. D., Stansberry, J. A., Stephens, D. C. and Levison, H. F. 2010. Five New and Three Improved Mutual Orbits of Transneptunian Binaries. Icarus 213, 678-692.

Benecchi, S. D., McCarthy, D. W., Kulesa, C. A., Hubbard, W. B., Person, M. J., Elliot, J. L., Gulbis, A. A. S. 2010. P445.3 (Pluto) Occultation V1.0, NASA Planetary Data System, EAR-P-I0962/I0964-5-BENECCHIOCC-V1.0.

Benecchi, S. D. and Noll, K. S. 2010. HST Astrometry of Transneptunian Objects. ApJ Supplements 189, 336-340.

Benecchi, S. D., Noll, K. S., Grundy, W. M., and Levison, H. F. 2010. (47171) 1999 TC36, A Transneptunian Triple. Icarus, 207, 978-991.

Benecchi, S. D., Noll, K. S., Grundy, W. M., Buie, M. W., Stephens, D. C., Levison, H. F. 2009. The correlated colors of Transneptunian binaries. Icarus  200, 292-303.

Grundy, W. M., Noll, K. S., Buie, M. W., Benecchi, S. D., Stephens, D. C., and Levison,  H. F. 2009. Mutual Orbits and Masses of Six Transneptunian Binaries. Icarus 200, 627-635.

Grundy, W. M., Noll, K. S., Virtanen, J., Muinonen, K., Kern, S. D., Stephens, D. C., Stansberry, J. A., Levison, H. F., Spencer, J. R. 2008. (42355) Typhon-Echidna: Scheduling Observations for Binary Orbit Determination. Icarus 197, 260-268.

Noll, K. S., Grundy, W. M., Stephens, D. C., Levison, H. F., Kern, S. D. 2008. Evidence for two populations of classical transneptunian objects: The strong inclination dependence of classical binaries. Icarus 194, 758.

Grundy, W. M., Stansberry, J. A., Noll, K. S., Stephens, D. C., Trilling, D. E., Kern, S. D., Spencer, J. R., Cruikshank, D. P., Levison, H. F. 2007. The orbit, mass, size, albedo, and density of (65489) Ceto/Phorcys: A tidally-evolved binary Centaur. Icarus 191, 286-297.

Kern, S. D., Elliot, J. L. 2006. Discovery and characteristics of the Kuiper belt binary 2003QY90. Icarus 183, 179-185.

Kern, S. D., and J. L. Elliot 2006. The Frequency of binary Kuiper belt objects. Astrophys. J. Lett. 643, 57-60.

Osip, David J., Kern, S. D., Elliot, J. L. 2003. Physical Characterization of the Binary Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Object 2001 QT297. EMP 92, 409-421.

Occultations

Hubbard, W. B., McCarthy, D. W., Kulesa, C. A., Benecchi, S. D., Person, M. J., Elliot, J. L., and Gulbis, A. A. S. 2009. Buoyancy waves in Pluto’s high atmosphere: Implications for stellar occultations. Icarus 204, 284-289.

McCarthy D. W., C. A. Kulesa, W.  B. Hubbard, S. D. Benecchi, M. J. Person, J. L. Elliot, A. A. S. Gulbis. 2008. Long-wavelength Density Fluctuations Resolved in Pluto’s High Atmosphere. Astron. J. 136, 1519-1522.

Person, M. J., J. L. Elliot, A. A. S. Gulbis, C. A. Zuluaga, B. A. Babcock, A. J. McKay, J. M. Pasachoff, S. P. Souza, W. B. Hubbard, C. A. Kulesa, D. W. McCarthy, S. D. Benecchi, S. E. Levine, A. S. Bosh, E. V. Ryan, W. H. Ryan, A. Meyer, J. Wolf, and J. Hill 2008. Waves in Pluto’s Upper Atmosphere. Astron. J. 136, 1510-1518.

Gulbis, A. A. S., J. L. Elliot, M. J. Person, E. R. Adams, B. A. Babcock, M. Emilio, J. W. Gangestad, S. D. Kern, E. A. Kramer, D. J. Osip, J. M. Pasachoff, S. P. Souza, and T. Tuvikene 2006. Charon's radius and atmospheric constraints from observations of a stellar occultation. Nature 439, 48-51.

Elliot, J. L., et al (27 collaborators). 2003. The recent expansion of Pluto's atmosphere. Nature 424, 165-168.

Elliot, J. L., Kern, S. D. 2003. Pluto's Atmosphere and A Targeted-Occultation Search For Other Bound KBO Atmospheres. EMP 92, 375-393.

Comets and Centaurs 

McCarthy, D. W., Stolovy, S. R., Campins, H., Larson, S., Samarasinha, N. H., Kern, S. D. 2007. Comet Hale Bopp in outburst: Imaging the dynamics of icy particles with HST/NICMOS. Icarus 189, 184-195.

Kern, S. D., McCarthy, D. W., Buie, M. W., Brown, R. H., Campins, H., Rieke, M. 2000. Compositional Variation on the Surface of Centaur 8405 Asbolus. Astron J 542, 155-159.

McCarthy, D., Stolovy, S., Kern, S., Schneider, G., Ferro, A., Spinrad, H., Black, J., Smith, B. 1997. NICMOS/HST Post-Perihelion Images of Comet Hale-Bopp in Outburst. EMP 78, 243-249.