a1 Institute for Astronomy, University of Vienna, Tuerkenschanzstrasse 17, A-1180 Vienna, Austria e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no doubt that stability studies are of great importance in the fascinating research of extrasolar planetary systems. Even if most of the more than 300 extrasolar planets orbit their host stars as single giant planet and build simple two-body systems, we should not exclude the possibility that these systems could host other (small) planets that have not yet been detected due to obsevational limits. Another aspect to carry out stability studies is the growing interest in the search for extraterrestrial life in the universe. The long-term stability of a planetary system is one of the basic requirements for the evolution of life on a terrestrial planet. In this paper the dynamical behaviour of Earth-like planets will be discussed in single-star single-giant-planet systems, multi-planet systems and binary systems.
(Received May 13 2009)
(Accepted June 24 2009)
(Online publication August 05 2009)