Dynamics - Celestial Mechanics
The research group in Mechanics is focusing on the following topics: 1. Hamiltonian systems (integrability and non-integrability, stability, resonances, chaotic behavior) 2. Applications in celestial mechanics (main asteroid belt, Kuiper zone, extrasolar planetary systems) 3. Applications in grid dynamics (oscillations and stability) 4. Inverse problem in dynamics and relation of families of orbits το integrability 5. Application of the theory of dynamical systems to the dynamics of biological populations.
The group is doing research regarding the formation and evolution of the solar system. The formation is studied via N-body simulations, using the special-purpose supercomputing card GRAPE-6/Pro. The study regarding the evolution of the solar system focuses on the methods for describing the chaotic orbits of asteroids.