Dynamics of two satellites in the 2/1 Mean–Motion resonance: application to the case of Enceladus and Dione

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Abstract

The dynamics of a pair of satellites similar to Enceladus–Dione is investigated with a two-degrees-of-freedom model written in the domain of the planar general three-body problem. Using surfaces of section and spectral analysis methods, we study the phase space of the system in terms of several parameters, including the most recent data. A detailed study of the main possible regimes of motion is presented, and in particular we show that, besides the two separated resonances, the phase space is replete of secondary resonances.

Keywords

Enceladus Dione Mean–Motion resonance Periodic orbits Regular and chaotic motion Secondary resonance Saturn 

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  1. 1.Departamento de Estatística, Matemática Aplicada e ComputaçãoUNESPRio ClaroBrasil

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