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Comment: MNRAS, in press, 36 pages, 15 figures; repl.vers. contains adjustments for consistency with published version
Tidal evolution of globular clusters is regulated by both Galactic tidal effects and internal relaxation processes. In order to investigate the tidal evolution of globular clusters, a numerical scheme which utilizes a Fokker-Planck approach as well as direct numerical integration of the restricted three-body problem is developed. In the inner regions of the cluster, stellar orbits are mapped with the cluster's gravitational potential and orbit-averaged diffusion coefficients. In the outer regions, the Galactic tidal field is explicitly included in the direct orbital integration. This method is presented here with some tests on King-Michie models.
The study examines the effects of density inhomogeneity and differential rotation as well as inelastic collisions on the dynamical evolution of planetesimals. Consideration is given to a three-step analysis: the dynamical evolution of the planetesimals, collisions and mass accumulation, and interaction with gas. It is shown that the velocity dispersion of a cold system of planetesimals increases rapidly due to elastic gravitational scattering. When the dispersion in the epicycle amplitude becomes comparable to the planetesimals' Roche radius, energy is transferred from the systematic Keplerian shear to the dispersive motion. With a numerical N-body scheme, gravitational scattering and physical collisions among a system of planetesimals is simulated. It is shown that dynamical equilibrium is attained with a velocity dispersion comparabl...
Comment: 14 pages, LaTeX, 6 ps figures. To be published in: Visual Double Stars: Formation, Dynamics and Evolutionary Tracks, eds. J. A. Docobo, A. Elipe, and H. McAlister, (KAP:ASSL Series)
During the formation of stellar systems such as globular clusters, low-mass subcondensations which eventually form stars must retain a geometric size throughout the collapse process that is small compared to the characteristic distance separating them. If the local velocity dispersion of the subcondensations is small, the overall dimension of the system can decrease substantially before reaching a dynamical equilibrium state. The maximum collapse factor is deduced by examining the growth of the velocity dispersion and the spread in arrival times at the origin caused by local and global fluctuations. It is shown, analytically as well as in a series of N-body simulations, that the maximum reduction in the characteristic dimension of a system of N fragments with an initial homogeneous distribution subject to N exp 1/2 fluctuations is prop...
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