Exploring the role of binarity in the origin of the bimodal rotational velocity distribution in stellar clusters

@article{Kamann2021ExploringTR,
  title={Exploring the role of binarity in the origin of the bimodal rotational velocity distribution in stellar clusters},
  author={Sebastian Kamann and N. Bastian and Christopher Usher and Ivan Cabrera-Ziri and Sara Saracino},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2021}
}
Many young- and intermediate-age massive stellar clusters host bimodal distributions in the rotation rates of their stellar populations, with a dominant peak of rapidly rotating stars and a secondary peak of slow rotators. The origin of this bimodal rotational distribution is currently debated and two main theories have been put forward in the literature. The first is that all/most stars are born as rapid rotators and that interacting binaries break a fraction of the stars, resulting in two… Expand

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