Some Recent Results on the Dynamical Evolution of Galactic Structures

  • E. Athanassoula
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 141)


In this paper I discuss schematically a few aspects of the dynamical evolution of spiral galaxies.

Galactic structures, like spirals, bars etc., show clear signs of dynamical evolution within a few galactic rotation periods. Furthermore they will generate secular evolution of the axisymmetric background. Thus stationary solutions can only be considered as a first approximation.


Rotation Curve Spiral Galaxy Amplification Rate Normal Galaxy Secular Evolution 
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  • E. Athanassoula
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  1. 1.Observatoire de MarseilleMarseille Cedex 4France

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