Analytic solution of the two-body problem with slowly decreasing mass
C. Prieto 1 and
J.A. Docobo 2
Received 3 May 1996 / Accepted 3 July 1996
We intend to present an approximate analytic solution of the two-body problem with slowly decreasing mass which is obtained through the integration of the Hamilton equations using A. Deprit's method of perturbations. The solution, obtained through the law of mass variation is put into practice in a specific case and compared with F. Mestschersky's exact equation () and with that which results from numerically integrating the equations.
Key words: stars mass loss binaries: close celestial mechanics methods: analytical
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Online publication: July 8, 1998