Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Modeling the Trojan Points in Exoplanetary Systems

Modeling resonant trojan motion in planetary systems


Efthymiopoulos et al


We consider the dynamics of a small trojan companion of a hypothetical giant exoplanet under the secular perturbations of additional planets. By a suitable choice of action-angle variables, the problem is amenable to the study of the slow modulation, induced by secular perturbations, to the dynamics of an otherwise called `basic' Hamiltonian model of two degrees of freedom (planar case). We present this Hamiltonian decomposition, which implies that the slow chaotic diffusion at resonances is best described by the paradigm of modulational diffusion.

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