Wednesday, June 5, 2013

1306.0689 (George Voyatzis et al.)

Resonant planetary dynamics: Periodic orbits and long-term stability    [PDF]

George Voyatzis, Kyriaki I. Antoniadou, John D. Hadjidemetriou
Many exo-solar systems discovered in the last decade consist of planets orbiting in resonant configurations and consequently, their evolution should show long-term stability. However, due to the mutual planetary interactions a multi-planet system shows complicated dynamics with mostly chaotic trajectories. We can determine possible stable configurations by computing resonant periodic trajectories of the general planar three body problem, which can be used for modeling a two-planet system. In this work, we review our model for both the planar and the spatial case. We present families of symmetric periodic trajectories in various resonances and study their linear horizontal and vertical stability. We show that around stable periodic orbits there exist regimes in phase space where regular evolution takes place. Unstable periodic orbits are associated with the existence of chaos and planetary destabilization.
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