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Dynamics of Young Star Clusters and Associations

Saas-Fee Advanced Course 42. Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

  • Michael R. Meyer
  • Laurent Eyer
  • Cameron P.M. Bell

Part of the Saas-Fee Advanced Course book series (SAASFEE, volume 42)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Theory of Star Formation and Dynamical Evolution of Stellar Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cathie J. Clarke
      Pages 47-60
    3. Cathie J. Clarke
      Pages 61-72
    4. Cathie J. Clarke
      Pages 89-102
  3. Kinematics of Star Clusters and Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Robert D. Mathieu
      Pages 105-122
    3. Robert D. Mathieu
      Pages 123-135
    4. Robert D. Mathieu
      Pages 137-146
    5. Robert D. Mathieu
      Pages 147-163
    6. Robert D. Mathieu
      Pages 165-177
    7. Robert D. Mathieu
      Pages 179-189
    8. Robert D. Mathieu
      Pages 191-202
  4. From Whence the Field?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. I. Neill Reid
      Pages 205-223
    3. I. Neill Reid
      Pages 225-257

About this book


Where do most stars (and the planetary systems that surround them) in the Milky Way form? What determines whether a young star cluster remains bound (such as an open or globular cluster), or disperses to join the field stars in the disc of the Galaxy? These questions not only impact understanding of the origins of stars and planetary systems like our own (and the potential for life to emerge that they represent), but also galaxy formation and evolution, and ultimately the story of star formation over cosmic time in the Universe.

This volume will help readers understand our current views concerning the answers to these questions as well as frame new questions that will be answered by the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite that was launched in late 2013. The book contains the elaborated notes of lectures given at the 42nd Saas-Fee Advanced Course “Dynamics of Young Star Clusters & Associations" by Cathie Clarke (University of Cambridge) who presents the theory of star formation and dynamical evolution of stellar systems, Robert Mathieu (University of Wisconsin) who discusses the kinematics of star cluster

s and associations, and I. Neill Reid (Space Telescope Science Institute) who provides an overview of the stellar populations in the Milky Way and speculates on from whence came the Sun. As part of the Saas-Fee Advanced Course Series, the book offers an in-depth introduction to the field serving as a starting point for Ph.D. research and as a reference work for professional astrophysicists.


Evolution of the Milky Way Galactic Disk Galactic Evolution Galaxy Evolution Saas-Fee Course Star Associations Star Formation History Theory of Star Formation Theory of Star Formation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for AstronomyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of AstronomyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Space Telescope Science InstituteBaltimoreUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael R. Meyer
    • 1
  • Laurent Eyer
    • 2
  • Cameron P.M. Bell
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Astronomy,ETHZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Astronomy of Geneva UniverGeneva ObservatorySauvernySwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

About the editors

Cathie J Clarke is professor for astronomy at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on star formation and exoplanets.

Robert Mathieu, has been on the faculty of the Department of Astronomy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1987 and department chair since 2008. His research interests are:
Structure, kinematics and dynamics of star clusters and star-forming regions; stellar binary populations; blue stragglers and other objects at the interface of stellar evolution and stellar dynamics; formation of binary stars; stellar angular momentum evolution.

Iain Neill Reid is an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute. His research interests include low-mass stars and brown dwarfs, Galactic structure, extrasolar planets & astrobiology, white dwarfs. He is author of the book Reid & Hawley -  New Light on Dark Stars
(Springer - Praxis 1999, 2005).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dynamics of Young Star Clusters and Associations
  • Book Subtitle Saas-Fee Advanced Course 42. Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy
  • Authors Cathie Clarke
    Robert D. Mathieu
    Iain Neill Reid
  • Editors Cameron P.M. Bell
    Laurent Eyer
    Michael R. Meyer
  • Series Title Saas-Fee Advanced Course
  • Series Abbreviated Title Saas-Fee Advanced Course
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-47289-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51460-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-47290-3
  • Series ISSN 1861-7980
  • Series E-ISSN 1861-8227
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 348
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astrophysics and Astroparticles
    Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
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“This book covers the dynamics of young stellar systems. … this is both a good introduction to the field, and a useful reference for those who already work in the area. … This is a great book for both observers and theorists in any area around star formation, star clusters/associations, and galactic dynamics – especially timely with Gaia data arriving soon. I gave it to my PhD students with the instruction ‘read this from cover to cover – it’s really useful’.” (Simon Goodwin, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1255), December, 2016)