98-581 Celletti A., Chierchia L.
Construction of stable periodic orbits for the spin-orbit problem of celestial mechanics (55K, Plain TEX) Sep 1, 98
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Abstract. Birkhoff periodic orbits associated to spin--orbit resonances in Celestial Mechanics and in particular to the Moon--Earth and Mercury--Sun systems are considered. A general method (based on a quantitative version of the Implicit Function Theorem) for the construction of such orbits with particular attention to ``effective estimates" on the size of the perturbative parameters is presented and tested on the above mentioned systems. Lyapunov stability of the periodic orbits (for small values of the perturbative parameters) is proved by constructing KAM librational invariant surfaces trapping the periodic orbits.

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