Rolling torus structures in astronomy
Author: Barker, Ken
Source: Astronomy & Geophysics, Volume 42, Number 4, August 2001 , pp. 4.21-4.23(1)
Abstract:Ken Barker puts forward an idea that may have a place in astrophysical modelling.
Torus structures that roll and orbit the centre of mass can produce a family of nested, almost elliptical orbits. These orbits, with the centre of mass at one focus, have a range of eccentricities and are inclined to the principal plane of the torus. Individual orbiting particles have an “anti-collision feature” from the nature of the rolling torus. In turn, because the torus can be regarded as a family of nested elliptical orbits, it rolls without needing any additional force. The system is acted upon only by central gravitational attraction and has low dissipation and a long lifetime.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2001-08-01