Dynamics of Star Clusters

Dynamics of Star Clusters : Proceeding of the 113th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, held in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A, 29 May - 1 June, 1984

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The emphasis in these proceedings of lAD Symposium No. 113, Dynafrri-,'!s of Star Clusters. and*.~.Le. mab rPIHlon for orZ'lnizinp: thE" symposium in the spring of 1984, was the rapid increase during the preceeding year in our understanding of core collapse. The last I.A.D. Symposium to discuss the dynamics of star clusters at length was No.69, Dynamics of Stellar Systems~ held in Besan~on in 1974. For a few years afterwards, globular clusters receiveu much attention due to the discovery of X-ray bursters and the mounting evidence that X-ray sources in globular clusters were formed in completely different ways than those within our galaxy. Globular clusters, which until this time had a reputation for sedate old age, turned out to lead violent private lives at high energies. However, in the early 80's globular clusters seemed to lose some of the glamor of the 70's. The grand speculations of heavy black holes lurking in their centers had to make way for a variety of observational evidence which indicated that the X-ray sources are low-mass close binaries instead. But, though dynamical fashion turned to heavy galac- tic halos and so on, some of the unsolved theoretical problems regard- ing the evolution of star clusters kept their fascination for a number of relatively isolated workers. After several years of inconspicuous labor, a number of preprints suddenly appeared in the spring of 1983 that studied the evolution of globular clusters after core collapse.
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  • Paperback | 644 pages
  • 165.1 x 238.76 x 30.48mm | 1,179.33g
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1985
  • 644 p.
  • 9027719659
  • 9789027719652

Table of contents

May 29 Observations of Globular Clusters.- Observed Surface Densities in Globular Clusters.- Radial Velocities and Proper Motions of Globular Cluster Stars.- Chemical Gradients in Globular Clusters.- X-Raying the Dynamics of Globular Clusters.- A High Spatial Resolution Investigation of the Core of Some Dynamically Evolved Globular Clusters.- Dynamical Modeling of M13 Proper Motions.- The Dynamics of 47 Tucanae.- A Search for Post-Collapse Cores.- Core and Tidal Radii of the Carina Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy from UK Schmidt Telescope Plates.- A Deep Luminosity Function for 47 Tucanae.- Observed Dynamical Parameters of Star Clusters in the SMC.- Where's the CUSP? (Or CCD Photometry of Globular Cluster Cores).- Rotational Field and Velocity Dispersion in Globular Clusters: ? Cen And 47 Tuc.- BV Concentric Aperture Photometry of Globular Clusters.- An Extension of the Search for Spectroscopic Binaries in M3.- A Search for Cataclysmic Binaries in the Globular Cluster M3.- Possible Characteristics of Supernova Induced Enrichment of Globular Clusters.- Dynamical Evolution of Globular Clusters.- Precollapse Evolution of Globular Clusters.- Dynamical Evolution of Globular Clusters After Core Collapse.- May 30 Model system in the Point-Mass Approximation.- Direct Fokker-Planck Calculations.- Close Encounters.- Dynamical Evolution of Multi-Component Clusters.- Gaseous Models.- Gravothermal Oscillations.- Binary Formation and Interactions with Field Stars.- Direct N-Body Calculations.- A Unified N-Body and Statistical Treatment of Stellar Dynamics.- Direct N-Body Simulations with a Recursive Center of Mass Reduction and Regularization.- Rotation and Flattening of Globular Clusters.- Dynamical Instabilities on Spherical Stellar Systems.- Why are Stellar Systems Anisotropic?.- A Statistical Treatment of Low-N Systems.- Minimum of the Eccentricity of the Galactic Globular Cluster Orbits.- Functional Integrals in Stellar Dynamics.- Multi-Component Models for the Structure and Evolution of Spherical Stellar Systems.- The Role of Hard Binaries in Cluster Evolution.- Collisional Stellar Dynamics in General Relativity: An Overview.- 3-Integral Models for Globular Clusters.- The Early Stages of Post-Collapse Cluster Evolution.- Numerical Simulations of Encounters of Hard Binaries.- Collisional Relaxation: A New Approach.- May 31 External Fields and Finite-Star-Size Effects.- Tidal Effects on Globular Clusters.- Physical Interactions Between Stars.- Monte-Carlo Calculations.- Monte Carlo Simulations Of The 2+1 Dimensional Fokker-Planck Equation: Spherical Star Clusters Containing Massive, Central Black Holes.- Can a Moderately Massive Black Hole Reverse Core Collapse?.- Two Body Capture in Large N Body Systems.- Black-Hole Remnants in Globular Clusters.- Tidal Stripping and Disruption of Globular Clusters.- Open Cluster.- The Structure and Internal Kinematics of Open Clusters.- Dynamics of Open Star Clusters.- The Dynamical Evolution of Young Open Clusters.- The Dense Stellar Cores of Giant HII Regions.- N-Body Simulations of Realistic Open Clusters.- A Proper Motion Study of the Pleiades Cluster.- June 1 The Dynamics of star Clusters: Future Prospects.- Space Telescope Observations of Globular Clusters.- What Next? Priorities in Theory and Observations.- Some Summary Remarks.- Appendix I.- Appendix II.- Appendix III.- Appendix IV.- Index of Names.- Index of Subjects.
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`...clearly destined to be a primary reference in its field for many years.'
New Scientist (April 1986)
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