Dynamical Evolution of Star Clusters - Confrontation of Theory and Observations

Dynamical Evolution of Star Clusters - Confrontation of Theory and Observations

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This volume reviews recent progress in the study of dynamics of star clusters. The meeting focused on the enormous progress of both the observation and the theoretical modeling of star clusters. New results from the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope (HST) include the mass function down to the hydrogen burning limits, white dwarf sequence, and central density profiles of `post-collapse' clusters by star counts. On the theoretical side, this symposium saw the first direct evidence of gravothermal oscillation through N-body simulation, which was made possible by GRAPE-4, the dedicated special-purpose computer for N-body simulation. Numerical techniques to combine stellar evolution and dynamical evolution of the cluster were presented.
The book will be of primary interest to astrophysicists.
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  • Paperback | 406 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1996 ed.
  • XVIII, 406 p.
  • 0792340701
  • 9780792340706

Table of contents

A Comparative Study of Globular Clusters; D. Sugimoto. Correlations of Globular Clusters Properties as Constraints for Dynamical Evolution Models; S.G. Djorgovski. New Observations with HST. Hubble Space Telescope Studies of the Dense Central Regions of Globular Clusters; P. Guhathakurta, et al. Dynamical Implications of Deep HST Imaging of Globular Clusters; I.R. King. HST Observations of the Globular Cluster M4; G.G. Fahlman, et al. Searches for Cataclysmic Variables in Globular Cluster Cores; M.M. Shara. The Centers of Galaxies; D. Richstone, et al. Studies Through Radial Velocity Measurements of the Peculiar Motions of Stars in Galactic Globular Clusters; G. Meylan. Stellar Luminosity and Mass Functions of Globular Clusters; G. Piotto, et al. Observations of Fundamental Properties - Continued. The Nuclear Star Cluster of the Milky Way: Star Formation, Stellar Collisions and Central Dark Mass; R. Genzel. Stellar Dynamics, Models. Two-Dimensional Fokker-Planck Models; K. Takahashi. Monte-Carlo Simulations; M. Giersz. Fluid Techniques and Evolution of Anisotropy; R. Spurzem. The Role of Binaries in the Dynamical Evolution of the Core of a Globular Cluster; P. Hut. Statistics of Small-N Simulations; D.C. Heggie. Large N-Body Simulation. GRAPE-4: A Teraflops Machine for N-Body Simulations; M. Taiji, et al. Gravothermal Oscillations; M. Makino. Star Cluster Simulations on HARP; S.J. Aarseth. X-Ray and Compact Objects in Globular Clusters. High Resolution Studies of Compact Binaries in Globular Clusters with HST and ROSAT; J.E. Grindlay. Pulsars in Globular Clusters; S.R. Kulkarni, S.B. Anderson. Comparison of X-Ray Sources in Old Open and in Globular Clusters; F. Verbunt. Searches for Binary Stars in Globular Clusters; C. Pryor, et al. Diagnosing Structure and Evolution of Clusters with Neutron Star Binaries; R.A.M.J. Wijers. Combining Stellar Evolution and Stellar Dynamics; P.P. Eggleton. Gravitational Scattering Experiments; S.L.W. McMillan. Lives of Hierarchical Triple Systems in Clusters and in the Field; L.G. Kiseleva. Stellar Encounters in Dense Systems; M.B. Davies. SPH Calculations of Collisions Between Main-Sequence Stars; F.A. Rasio. X-Ray and Compact Objects in Globular Clusters - Continued. Frequency of Stellar Collisions in Three-Body Heating; D.F. Chernoff, X. Huang. Tidal Capture in Star Clusters; R.A. Mardling. Galactic Connection and Environmental Effect. The Formation of Globular Clusters and of the Stars Within Them; D.N.C. Lin, S.D. Murray. Dynamics of Galactic Nuclei Containing Massive Remnant Stars; H.M. Lee. Dark Matter in Globular Clusters; D.C. Hegggie, P. Hut. Properties of Globular Cluster System: Primordial or Evolutional? V. Surdin. Panel Discussion. Panel Discussion; I.R. King, et al. Observations of Star Clusters. Adaptive Optics NIR Imaging of R136 in 30 Doradus: The Stellar Population of a Nearby Starburst; B. Brandl, et al. (part contents)
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