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2006ApJ...650..901B - Astrophys. J., 650, 901-915 (2006/October-3)

Cluster core dynamics in the Galactic Center.


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We present results of N-body simulations aimed at understanding the dynamics of young stars near the Galactic center. Specifically, we model the inspiral of a cluster core containing an intermediate-mass black hole and N∼50 cluster stars in the gravitational potential of a supermassive black hole. We first study the elliptic three-body problem to isolate issues of tidal stripping and subsequent scattering, followed by full N-body simulations to treat the internal dynamics consistently. We find that our simulations reproduce several dynamical features of the observed population. These include the observed inner edge of the claimed clockwise disk, as well as the thickness of said disk. We find that high-density clumps, such as that claimed for IRS 13E, also result generically from our simulations. However, not all features of the observations are reproduced. In particular, the surface density profile of the simulated disk scales as Σ∝r–0.75, which is considerably shallower than that observed. Further, at no point is any significant counterrotating population formed.

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Journal keyword(s): Black Hole Physics - Galaxy: Center - Galaxy: Kinematics and Dynamics - Methods: {em n}-Body Simulations - Stellar Dynamics

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