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Spin-orbit coupling for close-in planets

Authors: Correia, ACM; Delisle, JB

Ref.: Astron. Astrophys. 630, A102 (2019)

Abstract: We study the spin evolution of close-in planets in multi-body systems and present a very general formulation of the spin-orbit problem. This includes a simple way to probe the spin dynamics from the orbital perturbations, a new method for computing forced librations and tidal deformation, and general expressions for the tidal torque and capture probabilities in resonance. We show that planet–planet perturbations can drive the spin of Earth-size planets into asynchronous or chaotic states, even for nearly circular orbits. We apply our results to Mercury and to the KOI-1599 system of two super-Earths in a 3/2 mean motion resonance.

DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201936336