We present the first results of an extensive survey of N-body simulations designed to investigate the dynamical stability and the long-term evolution of two new families of self-consistent stellar dynamical models, characterized by the presence of internal rotation. The first family extends the well-known King models to the case of axisymmetric systems flattened by solid-body rotation while the second family is characterized by differential rotation. The equilibrium configurations thus obtained can be described in terms of two dimensionless parameters, which measure the concentration and the amount of rotation, respectively. Slowly rotating configurations are found to be dynamically stable and we followed their long-term evolution, in order to evaluate the interplay between collisional relaxation and angular momentum transport. We also studied the stability of rapidly rotating models, which are characterized by the presence of a toroidal core embedded in an otherwise quasi-spherical configuration. In both cases, a description in terms of the radial and global properties, such as the ratio between the ordered kinetic energy and the gravitational energy of the system, is provided. Because the role of angular momentum in the process of cluster formation is only partly understood, we also undertook a preliminary investigation of the violent relaxation of simple systems initially characterized by approximate solid-body rotation. The properties of the final equilibrium configurations thus obtained are compared with those of the above-described family of differentially rotating models.
Dynamical stability and long-term evolution of rotating stellar systems / A.L. Varri, E. Vesperini, S.L.W. McMillan, G. Bertin. ((Intervento presentato al 218. convegno American Astronomical Society Meeting tenutosi a Boston nel 2011.
|Titolo:||Dynamical stability and long-term evolution of rotating stellar systems|
VARRI, ANNA LISA ANTONELLA (Primo)
BERTIN, GIUSEPPE (Ultimo)
|Data di pubblicazione:||mag-2011|
|Parole Chiave:||globular clusters ; rotation ; stellar dynamics|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/05 - Astronomia e Astrofisica|
|Enti collegati al convegno:||American Astronomical Society|
|Citazione:||Dynamical stability and long-term evolution of rotating stellar systems / A.L. Varri, E. Vesperini, S.L.W. McMillan, G. Bertin. ((Intervento presentato al 218. convegno American Astronomical Society Meeting tenutosi a Boston nel 2011.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||14 - Intervento a convegno non pubblicato|