In this paper we propose a notion of stability, which we call ε- N-stability, for systems of particles interacting via Newton’s gravitational potential, and orbiting a much bigger object. For these systems the usual thermodynamical stability condition, ensuring the possibility to perform the thermodynamical limit, fails, but one can use as relevant parameter the maximum number of particles N that guarantees the ε- N-stability. With some judicious but not particularly optimized estimates, borrowed from the classical theory of equilibrium statistical mechanics, we show that our model has a good fit with the data observed in the Solar System, and it gives a reasonable interpretation of some of its global properties.

Lonely Planets and Lightweight Asteroids: A Statistical Mechanics Model for the Planetary Problem

Troiani A.
2021-01-01

Abstract

In this paper we propose a notion of stability, which we call ε- N-stability, for systems of particles interacting via Newton’s gravitational potential, and orbiting a much bigger object. For these systems the usual thermodynamical stability condition, ensuring the possibility to perform the thermodynamical limit, fails, but one can use as relevant parameter the maximum number of particles N that guarantees the ε- N-stability. With some judicious but not particularly optimized estimates, borrowed from the classical theory of equilibrium statistical mechanics, we show that our model has a good fit with the data observed in the Solar System, and it gives a reasonable interpretation of some of its global properties.
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