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Fall 10-27-2011


Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society



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The logarithmic potential is of great interest and relevance in the study of the dynamics of galaxies. Some small corrections to the work of Contopoulos & Seimenis (1990) who used the method of Prendergast (1982) to find periodic orbits and bifurca- tions within such a potential are presented. The solution of the orbital radial equation for the purely radial logarithmic potential is then considered using the p-ellipse (pre- cessing ellipse) method pioneered by Struck (2006). This differential orbital equation is a special case of the generalized Burgers equation. The apsidal angle is also deter- mined, both numerically as well as analytically by means of the Lambert W and the Polylogarithm functions. The use of these functions in computing the gravitational lensing produced by logarithmic potentials is discussed.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2012.22071.x

Citation of this paper:

S.R. Valluri, P. Wiegert, J. Drozd and M. DaSilva, “The study of the orbits of logarithmic potentials for galaxies”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 427 (Oct 2012).

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