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Star Clusters (IAU S266): Basic Galactic Building Blocks Throughout Time and Space
     

Star Clusters (IAU S266): Basic Galactic Building Blocks Throughout Time and Space

by Richard de Grijs, Jacques R. D. Lepine
 

ISBN-10: 0521764998

ISBN-13: 9780521764995

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Star clusters are important to many areas of astronomy, and as the basic building blocks of galaxies, they can be used as key diagnostic tools within a wide range of disciplines in astrophysics. Star cluster populations are powerful tracers of the formation, assembly and evolutionary history of their parent galaxies. Although their importance has been recognised

Overview

Star clusters are important to many areas of astronomy, and as the basic building blocks of galaxies, they can be used as key diagnostic tools within a wide range of disciplines in astrophysics. Star cluster populations are powerful tracers of the formation, assembly and evolutionary history of their parent galaxies. Although their importance has been recognised for decades, only in recent years has this area seen a major investment in time and effort. IAU Symposium 266 consolidates the expertise of leading researchers from a variety of topical subfields in astrophysics, to provide a comprehensive presentation of cutting-edge developments in theory, observations and simulations of star clusters and star cluster systems across a range of sizes and epochs. This volume gives an account of this forefront research, answering fundamental questions that will improve our understanding of numerous related issues and show how this field will take its next major step forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521764995
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union Symposia and Colloquia Series
Pages:
594
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Physics and modes of star cluster formation; 2. Massive star clusters: formation, evolution, feedback and destruction; 3. Star cluster systems; 4. Globular cluster chemical evolution; 5. Multiwavelength observations; 6. Cluster dynamics; 7. Star clusters as laboratories for stellar evolution; Symposium summary; Poster papers; Author index; Subject index; Object index.

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