Polar orbits around binary stars
Abstract
Oks proposes the existence of a new class of stable planetary orbits around binary stars, in the shape of a helix on a conical surface whose axis of symmetry coincides with the interstellar axis, and rotates with the same orbital frequency as the binary pair. We show that this claim relies on the inappropriate use of an effective potential that is only applicable when the stars are held motionless. We also present numerical evidence that the only planetary orbits whose planes are initially orthogonal to the interstellar axis that remain stable on the time scale of the stellar orbit are ordinary polar orbits around one of the stars, and that the perturbations due to the binary companion do not rotate the plane of the orbit to maintain a fixed relationship with the axis.
 Publication:

Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
 Pub Date:
 January 2018
 DOI:
 10.1007/s1056901798037
 Bibcode:
 2018CeMDA.130....5E
 Keywords:

 Binaries: general;
 Methods: analytical;
 Methods: numerical;
 Planets and satellites: dynamical evolution and stability