Dynamical Friction

  • Michael Fellhauer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 760)

Dynamical friction is, as the name says, a deceleration of massive objects. It occurs whenever a massive object travels through another extended object. This behaviour makes dynamical friction one of the most important effects in stellar dynamics.


Impact Parameter Point Mass Dynamical Friction Star Cluster Dwarf Galaxy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Fellhauer
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  1. 1.University of Cambridge, Institute of AstronomyCambridgeUK

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