Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 111, Issue 4, pp 431–447 | Cite as

Dynamics of a particle under the gravitational potential of a massive annulus: properties and equilibrium description

  • Eva TresacoEmail author
  • Antonio Elipe
  • Andrés Riaguas
Original article


This paper studies the main features of the dynamics around a massive annular disk. The first part addresses the difficulties finding an appropriated expression of the gravitational potential of a massive disk, which will be used to define the differential equations of motion of our dynamical system. The second part describes the main features of the dynamics with special attention to equilibrium of the system.


Potential theory Annular disk Solid disk Composition of annuli 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro Universitario de la DefensaZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.Grupo de Mecánica Espacial - IUMAUniversidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Matemática AplicadaUniversidad de ValladolidSoriaSpain

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