96-206 Chicone, C., Mashhoon, B., Retzloff, D.
On the Ionization of a Keplerian Binary System by Periodic Gravitational Radiation (72K, RevTeX) May 16, 96
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Abstract. The gravitational ionization of a Keplerian binary system via normally incident periodic gravitational radiation of definite helicity is discussed. The periodic orbits of the planar tidal equation are investigated on the basis of degenerate continuation theory. The relevance of the Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser theory to the question of gravitational ionization is elucidated, and it is conjectured that the process of ionization is closely related to the Arnold diffusion of the perturbed system.

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