Globular Cluster Systems

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Cambridge University Press, 11 дек. 2008 г. - Всего страниц: 184
Globular clusters are roughly spherical, densely packed groups of stars found around galaxies. Most globular clusters probably formed at the same time as their host galaxies. Therefore they provide a unique fossil record of the conditions during the formation and early evolution of galaxies. This volume presents a comprehensive review of globular cluster systems. It summarizes their observed properties and shows how these constrain models of the structure of stars, the formation and evolution of galaxies and globular clusters, and the age of the Universe. For graduate students and researchers, this timely volume provides the definitive reference on globular cluster systems.
 

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1 Introduction
1
2 Properties of globular clusters
5
3 The Galactic globular cluster system
31
4 Globular cluster systems in nearby galaxies
57
5 Properties of extragalactic globular cluster systems
73
6 Globular clusters and galaxy formation
109
7 The formation of globular clusters
124
8 Future prospects
144
Appendix
152
References
155
Subject index
169
Object index
171
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