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The long-term evolution of the galactic disk traced by dissolving star clusters

Bland-Hawthorn, Joss; Krumholz, Mark; Freeman, Kenneth

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The Galactic disk retains vast amount of information about how it came to be and how it evolved over cosmic time. However, we know very little about the secular processes associated with disk evolution. One major uncertainty is the extent to which stars migrate radially through the disk, thereby washing out signatures of their past (e.g., birth sites). Recent theoretical work finds that such "blurring" of the disk can be important if spiral arms are transient phenomena. Here we describe an...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/64923
Source: Astrophysical Journal, The
DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/713/1/166

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