Kozai-Lidov Oscillations

Mathematical Conversations
Topic:Kozai-Lidov Oscillations
Speaker:Scott Tremaine
Affiliation:School of Natural Sciences, IAS
Date:Wednesday, February 13
Time/Room:6:00pm - 7:30pm/Dilworth Room

These are a curious and only recently appreciated phenomenon in celestial mechanics, in which (for example) a planet orbiting one member of a binary star system undergoes large, slow oscillations in its orbital eccentricity and inclination. I will describe the mechanics of Kozai-Lidov oscillations, some of their unexpected properties, and their consequences for a variety of astronomical systems.