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The binarity of the local white dwarf population
Context As endpoints of stellar evolution, white dwarfs (WDs) are powerful tools to study the evolutionary history of the Galaxy. In particular, the multiplicity of WDs contains information
Formation of massive seed black holes via collisions and accretion
Models aiming to explain the formation of massive black hole seeds, and in particular the direct collapse scenario, face substantial difficulties. These are rooted in rather ad hoc and fine-tuned
On the minimal accuracy required for simulating self-gravitating systems by means of direct N-body methods
Using brute force integrations to arbitrary numerical precision it is demonstrated empirically that ensembles of different realizations of resonant 3-body interactions produce statistically indistinguishable results, providing an independent confirmation that previous work on self-gravitating systems can actually be trusted, irrespective of the intrinsic chaotic nature of the N-body problem.
A Keplerian-based Hamiltonian splitting for gravitational N-body simulations
We developed a Keplerian-based Hamiltonian splitting for solving the gravitational $N$-body problem. This splitting allows us to approximate the solution of a general $N$-body problem by a
Newton vs the machine: solving the chaotic three-body problem using deep neural networks
It is shown that an ensemble of converged solutions for the planar chaotic three-body problem obtained using an arbitrarily precise numerical integrator can be used to train a deep artificial neural network (ANN) that, over a bounded time interval, provides accurate solutions at a fixed computational cost and up to 100 million times faster than the numerical Integrator.
Collisions in primordial star clusters
Collisions were suggested to potentially play a role in the formation of massive stars in present day clusters, and have likely been relevant during the formation of massive stars and intermediate
The evolution of the Sun's birth cluster and the search for the solar siblings with Gaia
We use self-consistent numerical simulations of the evolution and disruption of the Sun's birth cluster in the Milky Way potential to investigate the present-day phase space distribution of the Sun's
The origin of chaos in the orbit of comet 1P/Halley
According to Munoz-Gutierrez et al. (2015) the orbit of comet 1P/Halley is chaotic with a surprisingly small Lyapunov time scale of order its orbital period. In this work we analyse the origin of
On the reliability of N-body simulations
The general consensus in the N-body community is that statistical results of an ensemble of collisional N-body simulations are accurate, even though individual simulations are not. A way to test this