Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 353, Issue 1, pp 89–96

Robe’s circular restricted three-body problem with zonal harmonics

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10509-014-1995-7

Cite this article as:
Singh, J. & Omale, A.J. Astrophys Space Sci (2014) 353: 89. doi:10.1007/s10509-014-1995-7


This paper studies the motion of an infinitesimal mass in the framework of Robe’s circular restricted three-body problem in two cases; the first case is when the hydrostatic equilibrium figure of the first primary is an oblate spheroid, the shape of the second primary is considered as an oblate spheroid with oblateness coefficients up to the second zonal harmonic, while the first primary is a Roche ellipsoid in the second case and the full buoyancy of the fluid is taken into account. In case one; it is observed that there are two axial libration points on the line joining the centres of the primaries, points on the circle within the first primary are also libration points under certain conditions. It is further found that the first axial point is stable, while the second one is conditionally stable, and the circular points are unstable. It is found in case two that there is exist only one libration point (0,0,0) this point is stable.


Robe’s problemBuoyancy forceOblatenessZonal harmonicsRoche ellipsoidLibration pointsLinear stability

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsAhmadu Bello UniversityZariaNigeria