Wednesday, June 26, 2013

1306.6021 (Gabriela Depetri et al.)

Chaos in the Kepler problem with quadrupole perturbations    [PDF]

Gabriela Depetri, Alberto Saa
We use the Melnikov integral method to prove that the Hamiltonian flow on the zero-energy manifold for the Kepler problem perturbed by a quadrupole moment is chaotic, irrespective of the perturbation being of prolate or oblate type. This result helps to elucidate some recent conflicting works in the physical literature based on numerical simulations.
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