Poynting-Robertson drag and solar wind in the space debris problem

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2016

Christoph Lhotka, Alessandra Celletti, Catalin Gales
(Submitted on 23 May 2016)

We analyze the combined effect of Poynting-Robertson and solar wind drag on space debris. We derive a model within Cartesian, Gaussian and Hamiltonian frameworks. We focus on the geosynchronous resonance, although the results can be easily generalized to any resonance. By numerical and analytical techniques, we compute the drift in semi-major axis due to Poynting-Robertson and solar wind drag. After a linear stability analysis of the equilibria, we combine a careful investigation of the regular, resonant, chaotic behavior of the phase space with a long-term propagation of a sample of initial conditions. The results strongly depend on the value of the area-to-mass ratio of the debris, which might show different dynamical behaviors: temporary capture or escape from the geosynchronous resonance, as well as temporary capture or escape from secondary resonances involving the rate of variation of the longitude of the Sun. Such analysis shows that Poynting-Robertson and solar wind drag must be taken into account, when looking at the long-term behavior of space debris. Trapping or escape from the resonance can be used to place the debris in convenient regions of the phase space.

Comments: Accepted article in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society this http URL&ijkey=Zn1L2sHThSXlmq4. MNRAS doi:10.1093/mnras/stw927 first published online April 26, 2016
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Dynamical Systems (math.DS)
MSC classes: 70F15
Cite as: arXiv:1605.06965 [astro-ph.EP]
(or arXiv:1605.06965v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Christoph Lhotka
[v1] Mon, 23 May 2016 10:26:26 GMT (5590kb)


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