publication . Doctoral thesis . 2014

Investigation of the interior of Mercury through the study of its gravity, topography, and tidal response

Padovan, Sebastiano;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
With the goal of furthering our understanding of the interior structure of Mercury, this work tries to answer the following two questions. What can the response of the planet to solar tides reveal about the interior structure? What is the thickness of the crust and what are the implications for the interior?By comparing the models developed here for the tidal response of Mercury with the response measured by the MErcury Surface Space ENvironment GEochemistry and Ranging spacecraft (MESSENGER), the rheology of the mantle of the innermost planet is investigated.The measured tidal deformation indicates that, unless the rigidity of mantle materials is unexpectedly h...
Subjects
free text keywords: Planetology, Geophysics, Altimetry, Gravity, Interiors, Mercury, Tides
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