Origin of chaos in the Prometheus-Pandora system

@article{Goldreich2003OriginOC,
  title={Origin of chaos in the Prometheus-Pandora system},
  author={P. Goldreich and N. Rappaport},
  journal={Icarus},
  year={2003},
  volume={166},
  pages={320-327}
}
  • P. Goldreich, N. Rappaport
  • Published 2003
  • Physics
  • Icarus
  • We demonstrate that the chaotic orbits of Prometheus and Pandora are due to interactions associated with the 121:118 mean motion resonance. Differential precession splits this resonance into a quartet of components equally spaced in frequency. Libration widths of the individual components exceed the splitting resulting in resonance overlap which causes the chaos. A single degree of freedom model captures the essential features of the chaotic dynamics. Mean motions of Prometheus and Pandora… CONTINUE READING
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