The Early Stages of Post-Collapse Cluster Evolution

Stephen L. W. McMillan
1985 Symposium - International astronomical union  
We present here some recent (and very preliminary) findings from a study of the early stages of the post-core-collapse evolution of an isolated cluster of identical point "stars". The method used to follow the behavior of the system is the unified N-body/statistical treatment described in detail by McMillan and Lightman (1984a) and by Lightman and McMillan elsewhere in this volume. Briefly, the method combines the standard "large-N" and "small-N" approaches to the problem in the régimes where
more » ... ey are appropriate by treating the inner regions (r < rN) exactly with a regularized Aarseth N-body code (Aarseth, 1972), while permitting stars at greater and greater radii to retain less and less of their individual identities, ultimately treating the outer portions of the system (r > KrN) in an almost purely statistical fashion.
doi:10.1017/s0074180900147552 fatcat:3stbr7v74rdtnepdcgupgkebhi