Long-Term Stability of Planets in Binary Systems

  title={Long-Term Stability of Planets in Binary Systems},
  author={Matthew J. Holman and Paul A. Wiegert},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
A simple question of celestial mechanics is investigated: in what regions of phase space near a binary system can planets persist for long times? The planets are taken to be test particles moving in the field of an eccentric binary system. A range of values of the binary eccentricity and mass ratio is studied, and both the case of planets orbiting close to one of the stars, and that of planets outside the binary orbiting the system's center of mass, are examined. From the results, empirical… Expand

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