Tomography of collisionless stellar systems

  title={Tomography of collisionless stellar systems},
  author={Luca Ciotti},
  journal={Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy},
  • L. Ciotti
  • Published 9 August 1994
  • Mathematics
  • Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
In this paper the concept of tomography of a collisionless stellar system of general shape is introduced, and a generalization of the Projected Virial Theorem is obtained. Applying the tomographic procedure we then derive a new family of virial equations which coincides with the already known ones for spherically symmetric systems. This result is obtained without any use of explicit expressions for the line-of-sight velocity dispersion, or spherical coordinate system. 
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