Stability of the co-orbital resonance under dissipation

Leleu, Adrien; Coleman, Gavin A. L.; Ataiee, Sareh (2019). Stability of the co-orbital resonance under dissipation. Astronomy and astrophysics, 631, A6. EDP Sciences 10.1051/0004-6361/201834486

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Despite the existence of co-orbital bodies in the solar system, and the prediction of the formation of co-orbital planets by planetary system formation models, no co-orbital exoplanets (also called trojans) have been detected thus far. In this paper we investigate how a pair of co-orbital exoplanets would fare during their migration in a protoplanetary disc. To this end, we computed a stability criterion of the Lagrangian equilibria L₄ and L₅ under generic dissipation and slow mass evolution. Depending on the strength and shape of these perturbations, the system can either evolve towards the Lagrangian equilibrium, or tend to increase its amplitude of libration, possibly all the way to horseshoe orbits or even exiting the resonance. We estimated the various terms of our criterion using a set of hydrodynamical simulations, and show that the dynamical coupling between the disc perturbations and both planets have a significant impact on the stability: the structures induced by each planet in the disc perturb the dissipative forces applied on the other planets over each libration cycle. Amongst our results on the stability of co-orbitals, several are of interest to constrain the observability of such configurations: long-distance inward migration and smaller leading planets tend to increase the libration amplitude around the Lagrangian equilibria, while leading massive planets and belonging to a resonant chain tend to stabilise it. We also show that, depending on the strength of the dissipative forces, both the inclination and the eccentricity of the smaller of the two co-orbitals can be significantly increased during the inward migration of the co-orbital pair, which can have a significant impact on the detectability by transit of such configurations.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > NCCR PlanetS

UniBE Contributor:

Leleu, Adrien Sebastien; Coleman, Gavin and Ataiee, Sareh


500 Science
500 Science > 520 Astronomy
500 Science > 530 Physics
600 Technology > 620 Engineering




EDP Sciences




Janine Jungo

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21 Apr 2020 13:29

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26 Apr 2020 02:47

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