Ref: CTALK-2020-0073

Non-hydrostatic effects on Mars’ nutation

Rivoldini, Attilio ; Beuthe, Mikael ; Van Hoolst, Tim ; Wieczorek, Mark ; Baland, Rose-Marie ; Dehant, Véronique ; Folkner, Bill ; Le Maistre, Sébastien ; Péters, Marie-Julie Peters ; Yseboodt , Marie

Talk presented at EPSC-DPS2019 Geneva on 2019-09-17

Abstract: Mars’ tidally forced nutation can be resonantly ampli- fied owing to a rotational normal mode called the Free Core Nutation (FCN) which exists because the mantle and fluid part of the core can have a relative rotational motion [1]. The period of the FCN and the amplitude of the nutation depend on the moments of inertia of the mantle and core, as well as on the deformation of the planet due to rotation rate variations and tidal forcing. One of the goals of the RISE experiment on InSight [2] and of the future LaRa experiment on ExoMars 2020 is to infer the core radius of Mars by measuring nuta- tion. Precise core radius determination from the FCN period requires knowledge of the core shape. Here we study how non-hydrostatic core shape models affect the FCN and discuss to what extent the shape of the core could be inferred if its radius were known.

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