Lecture 17: Orbits in non-axisymmetric potentials


Binney and Tremaine, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.5.4, 3.8.1

Optional reading:

For discussions of Stackel potentials see:

de Zeeuw, T. 1985, MNRAS 216, 273 - the definitive account of Stackel potentials as applied to galaxies

Lynden-Bell, D. 1962, MNRAS 124, 95 - a remarkable early paper on Stackel potentials in stellar dynamics

Goldstein, H. 1980, Classical mechanics (Reading: Addison-Wesley)

For an extensive discussion of the Lagrange points in planetary systems see

Murray, C. D., & Dermott, S. F. 1999, Solar System Dynamics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Szebehely, V. 1967, Theory of Orbits (New York: Academic Press)


Movies of orbit families in triaxial potentials