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Cluster Disruption: Combining Theory and Observations

Bastian, N and Gieles, M (2006) Cluster Disruption: Combining Theory and Observations

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We review the theory and observations of star cluster disruption. The three main phases and corresponding typical timescales of cluster disruption are: I) Infant Mortality (~10^7 yr), II) Stellar Evolution (~10^8 yr) and III) Tidal relaxation (~10^9 yr). During all three phases there are additional tidal external perturbations from the host galaxy. In this review we focus on the physics and observations of Phase I and on population studies of Phases II & III and external perturbations concentrating on cluster-GMC interactions. Particular attention is given to the successes and short-comings of the Lamers cluster disruption law, which has recently been shown to stand on a firm physical footing.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Bastian, N
Date : 25 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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