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Dynamical Friction and Orbit Circularization

  • Stefano Casertano (a1), E. Sterl Phinney (a2) and Jens V. Villumsen (a2)

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We study the change in shape of the orbit of a satellite sinking (because of dynamical friction) towards the center of a larger galaxy. the galaxy is assumed spherically symmetric with distribution function either isotropic or predominantly radial. the satellite is a softened point mass.

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Barnes, J. 1985, unpublished.
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Dynamical Friction and Orbit Circularization

  • Stefano Casertano (a1), E. Sterl Phinney (a2) and Jens V. Villumsen (a2)

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