Circular and Elliptical
Restricted 3 Body Problem


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Circular Restricted 3 Body Problem:

The classic. This code contains (a) the physics engine to compute the effective potential, the Lagrange points, and the orbits of third bodies, and (b) the lick mongo subroutine graphics calls to make the plot and movie below. See the README in the code.


Two bodies in the rotating frame (purple disks), center of mass (black + sign), effective potential contours (blue and purple), vector gradient of effective potential (gray arrows), Lagrange points (green disks), and orbit trails of four third bodies: circular around the more massive body (red), at L5 and given a little push (gray), at L4 (red), and slightly offset from L3.

Same as the pdf to the left, but an mp4 movie showing the four orbits in time.

Elliptical Restricted 3 Body Problem:

Not so classic, but fun as the distance between the binary changes!

See the two body problem here.

Please cite the relevant references if you publish a piece of work that use these codes, pieces of these codes, or modified versions of them. Offer co-authorship as appropriate.