Spin vectors in the Koronis family: comprehensive results from two independent analyses of 213 rotation lightcurves
Observations of Koronis asteroid family members (158) Koronis, (277) Elvira, (311) Claudia, (321) Florentina, and (720) Bohlinia made during the period 1998-2001 yielded 61 new individual rotation lightcurves to augment previous surveys (R.P. Binzel, 1987, Icarus 72, 135-208; S.M. Slivan, R.P. Binzel, 1996, Icarus 124, 452-470) and allow determination of the senses of rotation and spin vector orientations for these objects. Spin vector reductions were performed on these five objects and also on family members (167) Urda, (208) Lacrimosa, (534) Nassovia, and (1223) Neckar using both a combination of amplitude-magnitude and epoch methods and a convex inversion method. A total of 213 individual lightcurves were analyzed to determine sidereal rotation periods, pole solutions and obliquities, associated photometric parameters, and model shapes for each object. We checked our methods and results using the (243) Ida Master Dataset of lightcurves (R. P. Binzel et al., 1993, Icarus 105, 310-325) and found that the true pole determined from the Galileo fly by of this irregularly shaped member of the Koronis family falls just at the edge of the estimated uncertainty of our own solution. Our findings for the spin vector distribution of 10 members within the Koronis family represent the first systematic study of spin states within a well-established Hirayama family, and provide observational constraints for models of the physics of family formation and spin vector evolution in the main belt.