E. Moraux, Y. Lebreton and C. Charbonnel (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 80–81 (2016) 39-72
Dynamical Evolution of Stellar Systems
School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia QLD, 4072, Australia
Dynamical simulations have become a powerful tool to study the evolution of star clusters due to hardware and software progresses in recent years. Here, I review the state of the art of N-body and other simulation techniques and show what we have learned from these simulations about the dynamical evolution of star clusters. Special attention is given to the results on the lifetimes of star clusters as a function of their environment, the internal changes of the mass functions, the influence of primordial gas expulsion on the ratio of first to second generation stars in globular clusters, and the possible presence of intermediate-mass black holes in star clusters.
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