Nonlinear resonances in the solar system

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Abstract

Orbital resonances are ubiquitous in the Solar system. They play a decisive role in the long term dynamics, and in some cases the physical evolution, of the planets and of their natural satellites, as well as the evolution of small bodies (including dust) in the planetary system. The few-body gravitational problem of hierarchical planetary-type systems allows for a complex range of dynamical timescales, from the fast orbital periods to the very slow orbit precession rates. The interaction of fast and slow degrees of freedom produces a rich diversity of resonance phenomena. Weak dissipative effects - such as tides or radiation drag forces - also produce unexpectedly rich dynamical behaviors. This paper provides a mostly qualitative discussion of simple dynamical models for the commonly encountered orbital resonance phenomena in the Solar system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-304
Number of pages16
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Volume77
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Nonlinear resonances in the solar system. / Malhotra, Renu.

In: Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Vol. 77, No. 1-3, 01.10.1994, p. 289-304.

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