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ADAM: A general method for using various data types in asteroid reconstruction

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberA8
Number of pages11
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


We introduce ADAM, the All-Data Asteroid Modelling algorithm. ADAM is simple and universal since it handles all disk-resolved data types (adaptive optics or other images, interferometry, and range-Doppler radar data) in a uniform manner via the 2D Fourier transform, enabling fast convergence in model optimization. The resolved data can be combined with disk-integrated data (photometry). In the reconstruction process, the difference between each data type is only a few code lines defining the particular generalized projection from 3D onto a 2D image plane. Occultation timings can be included as sparse silhouettes, and thermal infrared data are efficiently handled with an approximate algorithm that is sufficient in practice because of the dominance of the high-contrast (boundary) pixels over the low-contrast (interior) pixels. This is of particular importance to the raw ALMA data that can be directly handled by ADAM without having to construct the standard image. We study the reliability of the inversion, using the independent shape supports of function series and control-point surfaces. When other data are lacking, one can carry out fast non-convex lightcurve-only inversions, but any shape models resulting from it should only be taken as illustrative large-scale models.


  • Methods: analytical, Methods: numerical, Minor planets, asteroids: general, Minor planets, asteroids: individual: 2000 ET70, Minor planets, asteroids: individual: Daphne

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