Froeschle

1981 JG. Discovered 1981 May 3 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Claude and Christiane Froeschlae, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, Nice. Husband and wife, the Froeschlaes have both contributed to our understanding of the dynamics of minor bodies (minor planets, comets, meteorites and dust particles) by numerical analysis of their orbital evolution. Claude was one of the first to investigate ergodic and chaotic regions in mean-motion resonances with Jupiter. He tested the so-called gravitational hypothesis for the formation of the Kirkwood gaps and showed that meteor streams situated in mean motion resonances may break into seperate parts. He also modeled the dynamical evolution of short-period comets using a Monte Carlo method. Christiane was one of the first to explore orbital evolution at secular resonances. She has shown that the principal secular resonances are good candidate sources for meteorites. (M 18463)

Citation provided by H. Scholl at the request of the discoverer.

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