Nonspherical dust grains in mean-motion orbital resonances
Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 845 04 Bratislava, Slovak Republic e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Department of Astronomy, Physics of the Earth, and Meteorology, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina, 842 48 Bratislava, Slovak Republic e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 8 February 2008
The effect of stellar electromagnetic radiation on the motion of arbitrarily shaped dust particles in mean-motion orbital resonances with planets is investigated. Giving a resonance and a value of parameter β (the ratio between radiation pressure force and gravitational force of the central star), nonradial components of radiation pressure force are calculated when a given trajectory is prescribed. The found values of the nonradial components are in a good agreement with published detailed numerical simulations for a given nonspherical particle. Therefore nonspherical grains are present in mean-motion resonances with planets. Similarly, the difference between the motion of a real particle and the motion influenced by the Poynting-Robertson effect may be important.
Key words: scattering / celestial mechanics / meteors, meteoroids / interplanetary medium
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