Triaxial bifurcations of rapidly rotating spheroids

A rotating system, such as a star, liquid drop, or atomic nucleus, may rotate as an oblate spheroid about its symmetry axis or, if the angular velocity is greater than a critical value, as a triaxial ellipsoid about a principal axis. The oblate and triaxial equilibrium configurations minimize the total energy, a sum of the rotational kinetic energy plus the… CONTINUE READING