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.

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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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