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Instabilities in Multi-Planet Circumbinary Systems

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019

Adam P. Sutherland, Kaitlin M. Kratter

(Submitted on 29 May 2019)

The majority of the discovered transiting circumbinary planets are located very near the innermost stable orbits permitted, raising questions about the origins of planets in such perturbed environments. Most favored formation scenarios invoke formation at larger distances and subsequent migration to their current locations. Disk-driven planet migration in multi-planet systems is likely to trap planets in mean motion resonances and drive planets inward into regions of larger dynamical perturbations from the binary. We demonstrate how planet-planet resonances can interact with the binary through secular forcing and mean-motion resonances, driving chaos in the system. We show how this chaos will shape the architecture of circumbinary systems, with specific applications to Kepler 47 and the Pluto-Charon system, limiting maximum possible stable eccentricities and indicating what resonances are likely to exist. We are also able to constrain the minimum migration rates of resonant circumbinary planets.

Comments: Accepted for publication in MNRAS

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:1905.12638 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1905.12638v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history

From: Adam Sutherland  

[v1] Wed, 29 May 2019 18:00:04 UTC (7,970 KB)

https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.12638

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