Previous works on the divergence of first-order mean-motion resonances (MMRs) have studied in detail the extent of the pericentric and apocentric libration zones of adjacent first-order MMRs, highlighting possible bridges between them in the low eccentricity circular restricted three-body problem. Here, we describe the previous results in the context of periodic orbits and show that the so-called circular family of periodic orbits is the path that can drive the passage between neighbouring resonances under dissipative effects. We illustrate that the circular family can bridge first-order and higher order resonances, while its gaps at first-order MMRs can serve as boundaries that stop transitions between resonances. In particular, for the Sun-asteroid-Jupiter problem, we show that, during the migration of Jupiter in the protoplanetary disc, a system initially evolving below the apocentric branch of a first-order MMR follows the circular family and can either be captured into the pericentric branch of an adjacent first-order MMR if the orbital migration is rapid or in a higher order MMR in case of slow migration. Radial transport via the circular family can be extended to many small body and planetary system configurations undergoing dissipative effects (e.g. tidal dissipation, solar mass-loss, and gas drag).
- Celestial mechanics
- Minor planets, asteroids: general
- Planets and satellites: dynamical evolution and stability