Merging of Globular Clusters in Inner Galactic Regions. I.

    Miocchi, P.; Capuzzo Dolcetta, R.; Di Matteo, P.; Vicari, A.

Merging of Globular Clusters in Inner Galactic Regions. I. Do They Survive the Tidal Interaction?

The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 644, Issue 2, pp. 940-953.

The main topic of this paper is the investigation of the modes of interaction of globular clusters (GCs) moving in the inner part of a galaxy. This is tackled by means of high-resolution N-body simulations, whose first results are presented in this article. Our simulations dealt with primordial, very massive (of the order of 107 Msolar) GCs that were able to decay, because of dynamical friction, into the inner regions of triaxial galaxies on a timescale much shorter than their internal relaxation time….

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