Title

SLOPE VARIATIONS ON THE SURFACE OF PHOBOS

Publication Date

1991

Journal or Book Title

PLANETARY AND SPACE SCIENCE

Abstract

It has been suggested that slope fluctuations on the scale of pixel dimensions could be determined by statistical photoclinometry. A closer study of the surface of Phobos reveals variations in the scattering properties of single particles and micro-structures formed by the particles. In the present context, the photoclinometric method of brightness moments is extended to account for these variations by allowing statistical fluctuations in the phase function of the assumed Lommel-Seeliger scattering law. The mean slope on the investigated regions of Phobos has been found to vary from 12° on a 61m scale to 7° on a 216 – 272m scale. On the same scales, a value of the order of 2% has been obtained for the standard deviation of the scattering phase function. Hints of a. fractal-like scale-invariance have been noticed in the covariance function of brightness.

Volume

39

Pages

327-&

Issue

1-2

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