Dynamics of Galaxies: From Observations to Distribution Functions
An overview is given of the currently most used dynamical modelling methods, with an emphasis on those methods that allow to derive a distribution function from observations of elliptical galaxies. Special attention is paid to the applications of distribution functions in the study of the internal dynamical structure of galaxies. It is indicated how existing modelling methods can be improved to correspond better with state-of-the-art observations and computation facilities.
KeywordsDark Matter Velocity Dispersion Kinematic Parameter Spiral Galaxy Elliptical Galaxy
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