Query : 2008A&A...489.1329E

2008A&A...489.1329E - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 489, 1329-1335 (2008/10-3)

The instability transition for the restricted 3-body problem. I. Theoretical approach.


Abstract (from CDS):

We study the onset of orbital instability for a small object, identified as a planet, that is part of a stellar binary system with properties equivalent to the restricted three body problem. Our study is based on both analytical and numerical means and makes use of a rotating (synodic) coordinate system keeping both binary stars at rest. This allows us to define a constant of motion (Jacobi's constant), which is used to describe the permissible region of motion for the planet. We illustrate the transition to instability by depicting sets of time-dependent simulations with star-planet systems of different mass and distance ratios. Our method utilizes the existence of an absolute stability limit. As the system parameters are varied, the permissible region of motion passes through the three collinear equilibrium points, which significantly changes the type of planetary orbit. Our simulations feature various illustrative examples of instability transitions. Our study allows us to identify systems of absolute stability, where the stability limit does not depend on the specifics or duration of time-dependent simulations. We also find evidence of a quasi-stability region, superimposed on the region of instability, where the planetary orbits show quasi-periodic behavior. The analytically deduced onset of instability is found to be consistent with the behavior of the depicted time-dependent models, although the manifestation of long-term orbital stability will require more detailed studies.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: binaries: general - celestial mechanics - stars: planetary systems

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Number of rows : 4
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 HD 13445 PM* 02 10 25.9181700303 -50 49 25.465181208   6.945 6.117     K1.5V 435 1
2 HD 41004 ** 05 59 49.6501762752 -48 14 22.888358520   9.49 8.65     K1IV 168 1
3 HD 196885 PM* 20 39 51.8748403032 +11 14 58.700231052   6.92 6.385 6.32   F8V 181 1
4 * gam Cep SB* 23 39 20.9104133784 +77 37 56.510781384 5.190 4.250   2.6   K1III-IVCN1 578 1

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