Frequency analysis of the stability of asteroids in the framework of the restricted three-body problem
Source: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Volume 90, Numbers 3-4, November 2004 , pp. 245-266(22)
Abstract:The stability of some asteroids, in the framework of the restricted three-body problem, has been recently proved in (Celletti and Chierchia, 2003), by developing an isoenergetic KAM theorem. More precisely, having fixed a level of energy related to the motion of the asteroid, the stability can be obtained by showing the existence of nearby trapping invariant tori existing at the same energy level. The analytical results are compatible with the astronomical observations, since the theorem is valid for the realistic mass-ratio of the primaries.
The model adopted in (Celletti and Chierchia, 2003), is the planar, circular, restricted three-body model, in which only the most significant contributions of the Fourier development of the perturbation are retained. In this paper we investigate numerically the stability of the same asteroids considered in (Celletti and Chierchia, 2003), (namely, Iris, Victoria and Renzia). In particular, we implement the nowadays standard method of frequency-map analysis and we compare our investigation with the analytical results on the planar, circular model with the truncated perturbing function. By means of frequency analysis, we study the behaviour of the bounding tori and henceforth we infer stability properties on the dynamics of the asteroids. In order to test the validity of the truncated Hamiltonian, we consider also the complete expression of the perturbing function on which we perform again frequency analysis. We investigate also more realistic models, taking into account the eccentricity of the trajectory of Jupiter (planar-elliptic problem) or the relative inclination of the orbits (circular-inclined model). We did not find a relevant discrepancy among the different models.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department di Matematica, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 1-00133, Roma (Italy), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2: Observatoire de Nice, B.P. 229, 06304, Nice Cedex 4, France, Email: email@example.com 3: Observatoire de Nice, B.P. 229, 06304, Nice Cedex 4, France, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2004-11-01