Modeling the Dynamical Evolution of the M87 Globular Cluster System

@article{Vesperini2003ModelingTD,
  title={Modeling the Dynamical Evolution of the M87 Globular Cluster System},
  author={Enrico Vesperini and Stephen E. Zepf and Arunav Kundu and Keith Ashman},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={593},
  pages={760-771}
}
We study the dynamical evolution of the M87 globular cluster system (GCS) with a number of numerical simulations. We explore a range of different initial conditions for the GCS mass function (GCMF), for the GCS spatial distribution, and for the GCS velocity distribution. Our simulations include the effects of two-body relaxation, dynamical friction, and mass loss due to stellar evolution. We first confirm that an initial power-law GCMF such as that observed in young cluster systems can be… 
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