What happens to the little guy: minor mergers

  • Curtis Struck
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


After the high drama of major mergers, maybe it is time to calm down a little, to find a slower, lower energy activity to observe in the world of galaxies. Minor and micro mergers fit that bill, and were mentioned without being defined in the last chapter. Unfortunately, although the term “minor merger” is used frequently in the literature, there is no standard or universally agreed upon definition. Micro merger is not even a standard term, but it is one that I find convenient.


Dark Matter Particle Dynamical Friction Star Cluster Dwarf Galaxy Roche Lobe 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Curtis Struck
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  1. 1.Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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