Stability of Satellites in Spin-Orbit Resonances and Capture Probabilities

  • Alessandra Celletti
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 272)


The stability of satellites in spin-orbit resonances is investigated in the light of perturbation theory. By means of KAM theory we construct invariant surfaces trapping the periodic orbit associated to the resonance in a finite region of the phase space. In the last part of the work we study the probability of capture in a resonance, providing an explicit application to Mercury.


Spin-orbit resonance KAM theory Capture probability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandra Celletti
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  1. 1.Dipt. di Matematica Pura e ApplicataUniversitá dell’AquilaCoppito (L’Aquila)Italy

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