minor arc


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minor arc

[′mīn·ər ′ärk]
(mathematics)
The smaller of the two arcs on a circle produced by a secant.
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Secondly, the minor arcs leading ahead of Fraternite are mislocated with the CIR or CER potential maxima.
With Fraternite having a finite mass, the minor arcs are clustered at locations along the Adams ring where the time averaged force vanishes under the corotation-Lindblad resonances [13,14].
With this self-gravity model, not just the minor arcs are dynamically changing [1], the main arc Fraternite could be under a dynamical process as well.