On the Stability of Periodic Mercury-type Rotations

    2017, Volume 22, Number 7, pp.  851-864

    Author(s): Churkina T. E., Stepanov S. Y.

    We consider the stability of planar periodic Mercury-type rotations of a rigid body around its center of mass in an elliptical orbit in a central Newtonian field of forces. Mercurytype rotations mean that the body makes 3 turns around its center of mass during 2 revolutions of the center of mass in its orbit (resonance 3:2). These rotations can be 1) symmetrical $2\pi$-periodic, 2) symmetrical $4\pi$-periodic and 3) asymmetrical $4\pi$-periodic. The stability of rotations of type 1) was investigated by A.P. Markeev. In our paper we present a nonlinear stability analysis for some rotations of types 2) and 3) in 3rd- and 4th-order resonant cases, in the nonresonant case and at the boundaries of regions of linear stability.
    Keywords: Mercury, resonance rotation, nonlinear stability, periodic solution
    Citation: Churkina T. E., Stepanov S. Y., On the Stability of Periodic Mercury-type Rotations, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, 2017, Volume 22, Number 7, pp. 851-864

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