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Title: A modified "Type I migration" model for propeller moons in Saturn's rings
Authors: Matthew S. Tiscareno

We propose a mechanism for the observed non-keplerian motion (Tiscareno et al. 2010, ApJL) of "propeller" moons embedded in Saturn's rings. Our mechanism, in which radial variations in surface density -- external to, and unaffected by, the embedded moon -- result in an equilibrium semimajor axis for the moon due to "Type I" angular momentum exchange (Crida et al. 2010, AJ), provides a good fit to the observations. Future observations should distinguish between our model and others recently proposed.

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