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The alignment is in their stars: on the spin-alignment of stars in star clusters

Rey-Raposo, Ramon and Read, Justin I (2018) The alignment is in their stars: on the spin-alignment of stars in star clusters Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 481 (1). L16-L20.

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Abstract

We simulate star formation in two molecular clouds extracted from a larger disc-galaxy simulation with a spatial resolution of ∼0.1 pc, one exiting a spiral arm dominated by compression, and another in an inter-arm region more strongly affected by galactic shear. Treating the stars as ‘sink particles’, we track their birth angular momentum, and the later evolution of their angular momentum due to gas accretion. We find that in both clouds, the sinks have spin vectors that are aligned with one another, and with the global angular momentum vector of the star cluster. This alignment is present at birth, but enhanced by later gas accretion. In the compressive cloud, the sink-spins remain aligned with the gas for at least a free-fall time. By contrast, in the shear cloud, the increased turbulent mixing causes the sinks to rapidly misalign with their birth cloud on approximately a gas free-fall time. In spite of this, both clouds show a strong alignment of sink-spins at the end of our simulations, independently of environment.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Rey-Raposo, Ramon
Read, Justin Ij.read@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 9 August 2018
Funders : Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
DOI : 10.1093/mnrasl/sly150
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/open_access/funder_policies/chorus/standard_publication_model) This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters' following peer review. The version of record - Ramon Rey-Raposo, Justin I Read; The alignment is in their stars: on the spin-alignment of stars in star clusters, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Volume 481, Issue 1, 21 November 2018, Pages L16–L20, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnrasl/sly150 - is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/mnrasl/article/481/1/L16/5069406#.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Gravitation; Hydrodynamics; Turbulence; ISM: clouds; Galaxies: star formation
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 19 Sep 2018 12:32
Last Modified : 11 Dec 2018 11:24
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849355

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