Volume 611, March 2018
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||29 March 2018|
Stability criteria for wide binary stars harboring Oort Clouds
Grupo de Ciencias Planetarias, Departamento de Geofísica y Astronomía, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de San Juan – CONICET. Av. J. I. de la Roza 590 oeste, J5402DCS Rivadavia, San Juan, Argentina
Accepted: 28 November 2017
Context. In recent years, several numerical studies have been done in the field of the stability limit. Although, many of them included the analysis of asteroids or planets, is not possible to find in the literature any work on how the presence of a binary star could affect other possible configurations in a three-body problem. In order to develop this subject we consider other structures like Oort Clouds in wide binary systems. Regarding the existence of Oort Clouds in extrasolar systems there are recent works that do not reject its possible existence.
Aim. The aim of this work is to obtain the stability limit for Oort Cloud objects considering different masses of the secondary star and zero and non-zero inclinations of the particles. We improve our numerical treatment getting a mathematical fit that allows us to find the limit and compare our results with other previous works in the field.
Methods. We use a symplectic integrator to integrate binary systems where the primary star is m1 = 1 M⊙ and the secondary, m2, takes 0.25 M⊙ and 0.66 M⊙ in two sets of simulations S1 and S2. The orbital parameters of the secondary star were varied in order to study different scenarios. We also used two different integration times (one shorter than the other) and included the presence of 1000 to 10 000 massless particles in circular orbits to form the Oort Cloud. The particles were disposed in four different inclination planes to investigate how the presence of the binary companion could affect the stability limit.
Results. Using the Maximum Eccentricity Method, emax, together with the critical semimajor axis acrit we found that the emax criteria could reduce the integration times to find the limit. For those cases where the particles were in inclined orbits we found that there are particle groups that survive the integration time with a high eccentricity. These particle groups are found for our two sets of simulations, meaning that they are independent of the secondary mass. We also find for the co-planar case that the numerical value of the stability limit for retrograde orbits is higher than those found for prograde orbits. These results are in agreement with several published studies. Finally, the results obtained in this work allow us to build a numerical expression depending of the mass ratio, e2 and ip to find acrit, which can be compared with other recent works in the field.
Key words: methods: numerical / Oort Cloud / binaries: general / planets and satellites: dynamical evolution and stability
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