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Non Adiabatic Evolution of Elliptical Galaxies by Dynamical Friction

  • S.E. Arena (a1), G. Bertin (a1), T. Liseikina (a2) and F. Pegoraro (a3)

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Many astrophysical problems, ranging from structure formation in cosmology to dynamics of elliptical galaxies, refer to slow processes of evolution of essentially collisionless self-gravitating systems. To determine the relevant quasi-equilibrium configuration at time t from given initial conditions, such slow evolution is often approximated in terms of adiabatic evolution. Here we focus on the slow process of evolution induced by dynamical friction of a spherical stellar system (the host galaxy) on a minority component of “satellites” (distributed in a spherical shell), to determine to what extent an adiabatic description might be applied.

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Arena, S.E., Bertin, G., Liseikina, T., & Pegoraro, F. 2006, A&A, 453, 9.
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