Journal Article

Equilibria in the secular, non-co-planar two-planet problem

Cezary Migaszewski and Krzysztof Goździewski

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 395, issue 4, pages 1777-1794
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online May 2009 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Equilibria in the secular, non-co-planar two-planet problem

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We investigate the secular dynamics of a planetary system composed of the parent star and two massive planets in mutually inclined orbits. The dynamics are investigated in wide ranges of semimajor axes ratios (0.1–0.667) and planetary masses ratios (0.25–2), as well as in the whole permitted ranges of the energy and total angular momentum. The secular model is constructed by semi-analytic averaging of the three-body system. We focus on equilibria of the secular Hamiltonian (periodic solutions of the full system) and we analyze their stability. We attempt to classify families of these solutions in terms of the angular momentum integral. We identified new equilibria, yet unknown in the literature. Our results are general and may be applied to a wide class of three-body systems, including configurations with a star and brown dwarfs and substellar objects. We also describe some technical aspects of the seminumerical averaging. The HD 12661 planetary system is investigated as an example configuration.

Keywords: methods: analytical; methods: numerical; techniques: radial velocities; celestial mechanics; stars: individual: HD~12661; planetary systems

Journal Article.  12000 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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