Science Cases

Below is a list (still under construction) of all science cases that have been proposed to the SSSC. An overview of all expected LSST science can be found here.

  1. Phase functions of asteroids
  2. Phase functions of inactive comet nuclei
  3. Rotational lightcurves of asteroids
  4. Rotational lightcurves of inactive comet nuclei
  5. Asteroid shape models and spin parameters
  6. Inactive comet nucleus shape models and spin parameters
  7. Asteroid color determination + taxonomic classification
  8. Inactive comet nucleus color determination + taxonomic classification
  9. Cometary activity search via photometry
  10. Cometary activity search via PSF comparison
  11. Cometary activity search via comparison of multi-aperture photometry
  12. Cometary activity search via azimuthal search for directed emission
  13. Cometary activity search via comparison of fluxes measured from PSF modeling and optimized photometry apertures
  14. Afrho dependence for comets of different dynamical types and at different heliocentric distances
  15. Activity evolution for individual comets via tracking of Afrho values
  16. Activity evolution for individual comets via tracking of excess dust mass
  17. Asteroid/comet disruption or disintegration search
  18. Asteroid family identification
  19. Mass computation by orbit deflections caused by close asteroid-asteroid encounters
  20. Non-gravitational perturbation detection of asteroids or comets
  21. Comet outburst detection via calculation of deviation from magnitudes predicted by sublimation model(s)
  22. Comet outburst detection via calculation of deviation of measured photometry from recent photometric evolution