Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 205–225 | Cite as

Analytical investigation of non-linear stability of the Lagrangian pointL4 around the commensurability 1:2

  • Johannes Hagel


The problem of stability of the Lagrangian pointL4 in the circular restricted problem of three bodies is investigated close to the 1 : 2 commensurability of the long and short period libration. By stability we define boundedness of the solution for a given initial finite displacement from the equilibrium point as function of the mass parameter μ close to the commensurability. A rigorous treatment close to the resonance condition is possible using a transformation that diagonalizes the matrix related to the linear part of the equations of motion. The so obtained equations are further transformed to action angle type variables. Then using an isolated resonance approach, only the slowly varying terms are kept in the equations and two independent isolating first integrals can be found. These integrals finally enable us to solve the stability problem in an exact way. The so obtained results are compared to numeric integration of the equations of motion and are found to be in perfect agreement.

Key words

Restricted three body problem Lagrangian points resonances stability 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Johannes Hagel
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  1. 1.Universidade Da MadeiraFunchalPortugal

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