The Gravitational Million-Body Problem: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Star Cluster Dynamics

The Gravitational Million-Body Problem: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Star Cluster Dynamics

by Douglas Heggie, Piet Hut
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521773032

ISBN-13: 9780521773034

Pub. Date: 02/01/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The gravitational million-body problem is a model for understanding the dynamics of rich star clusters. This text describes the theory astronomers need for studying globular star clusters. After introducing the million-body problem from various view-points, the book systematically develops the tools needed for studying the million-body problems in nature, and…  See more details below

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The gravitational million-body problem is a model for understanding the dynamics of rich star clusters. This text describes the theory astronomers need for studying globular star clusters. After introducing the million-body problem from various view-points, the book systematically develops the tools needed for studying the million-body problems in nature, and introduces the most important theoretical models. Written for graduate students and researchers in astrophysics and astronomy, this text also has important applications in the fields of theoretical physics, computational science and mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521773034
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IIntroductions
1Astrophysics introduction
2Theoretical physics introduction
3Computational physics introduction
4Mathematical introduction
Pt. IIThe Continuum Limit
5Paradoxical thermodynamics
6Statistical mechanics
7Motion in a central potential
8Some famous models
9Methods
Pt. IIIMean Field Dynamics
10Violent relaxation
11Internal mass loss
12External influences
Pt. IVMicrophysics
13Exponential orbit instability
14Two-body relaxation
15From Kepler to Kustaanheimo
Pt. VGravothermodynamics
16Escape and mass segregation
17Gravothermal instability
18Core collapse rate for star clusters
Pt. VIGravitational Scattering
19Thought experiments
20Mathematical three-body scattering
21Analytical approximations
22Laboratory experiments
23Gravitational burning and transmutation
Pt. VIIPrimordial Binaries
24Binaries in star clusters
25Triple formation and evolution
26A non-renewable energy source
Pt. VIIIPost-Collapse Evolution
27Surviving core collapse
28Gravothermal oscillations
29Dissolution
Pt. IXStar Cluster Ecology
30Stellar and dynamical evolution
31Collisions and capture
32Binary star evolution and blue stragglers
33Star cluster evolution
Appendices

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