Some special orbits in the two-body problem with radiation pressure

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The motion has been studied of a particle in a gravitational field perturbed by radiation pressure. By combining the formulation in the physical space variables with the KS variables we obtained explicit evidence for the existence of a surface of stable circular orbits with centers on an axis through the primary body. Furthermore, the effects of a sharp shadow on the two-dimensional unstable parabolic orbits were investigated. It was found that they do not survive the introduction of a shadow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-370
Number of pages18
JournalCelestial Mechanics & Dynamical Astronomy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • KS variables
  • Two-body problem
  • radiation pressure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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