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Dynamical Processes in Globular Clusters

  • Stephen L. W. McMillanEmail author
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 413)

Abstract

Globular clusters are among the most congested stellar systems in the Universe. Internal dynamical evolution drives them toward states of high central density, while simultaneously concentrating the most massive stars and binary systems in their cores. As a result, these clusters are expected to be sites of frequent close encounters and physical collisions between stars and binaries, making them efficient factories for the production of interesting and observable astrophysical exotica. I describe some elements of the competition among stellar dynamics, stellar evolution, and other processes that control globular cluster dynamics, with particular emphasis on pathways that may lead to the formation of blue stragglers.

Keywords

Smooth Particle Hydrodynamic Massive Star Globular Cluster Smooth Particle Hydrodynamic Star Cluster 
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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