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The role of tidal forces in star cluster disruption

Gieles, M (2006) The role of tidal forces in star cluster disruption

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Star clusters are subject to density irregularities in their host galaxy, such as giant molecular clouds (GMCs), the galactic disc and spiral arms, which are largely ignored in present day (N-body) simulations of cluster evolution. Time dependent external potentials give rise to tidal forces that accelerate stars leading to an expansion and more rapid dissolution of the cluster. I explain the basic principles of this tidal heating in the impulse approximation and show how related disruption time-scales depend on properties of the cluster.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
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Date : 5 September 2006
Uncontrolled Keywords : astro-ph, astro-ph
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:39
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 22:37

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