A statistical solution to the chaotic, non-hierarchical three-body problem

@article{Stone2019ASS,
  title={A statistical solution to the chaotic, non-hierarchical three-body problem},
  author={N. Stone and N. Leigh},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2019},
  volume={576},
  pages={406 - 410}
}
The three-body problem is arguably the oldest open question in astrophysics and has resisted a general analytic solution for centuries. Various implementations of perturbation theory provide solutions in portions of parameter space, but only where hierarchies of masses or separations exist. Numerical integrations1 show that bound, non-hierarchical triple systems of Newtonian point particles will almost2 always disintegrate into a single escaping star and a stable bound binary3,4, but the… Expand

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