Three-body capture, ejection, and the demographics of bound objects in binary systems

10 Dec 2020 Benjamin V. Lehmann Olivia Ross Ava Webber Stefano Profumo

We study the capture of light objects of arbitrary velocity by binary systems. Extending results for the capture of comets in the solar system, we develop a simple geometric characterization of the capture cross section, leading directly to the distribution of orbital parameters of captured objects... (read more)

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  • SOLAR AND STELLAR ASTROPHYSICS
  • EARTH AND PLANETARY ASTROPHYSICS
  • HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS - PHENOMENOLOGY