Monte Carlo simulations of star clusters - V. The globular cluster M4

Douglas C. Heggie, Mirek Giersz

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We describe Monte Carlo models for the dynamical evolution of the nearby globular cluster M4. The code includes treatments of two-body relaxation, three- and four-body interactions involving primordial binaries and those formed dynamically, the Galactic tide and the internal evolution of both single and binary stars. We arrive at a set of initial parameters for the cluster which, after 12 Gyr of evolution, gives a model with a satisfactory match to the surface-brightness profile, the velocity-dispersion profile and the luminosity function in two fields. We describe in particular the evolution of the core: according to our model, M4 (which has a classic King profile) is actually a post-collapse cluster, its core radius being sustained by binary burning. We also consider the distribution of its binaries, including those which would be observed as photometric binaries. Finally, we consider the populations of white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes and blue stragglers, though not all channels for blue straggler formation are represented yet in our simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1858-1870
Number of pages13
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume389
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • stellar dynamics
  • methods : numerical
  • binaries : general
  • globular clusters : individual : M4
  • SPACE-TELESCOPE OBSERVATIONS
  • DWARF COOLING SEQUENCE
  • BLACK-HOLES
  • DYNAMICAL EVOLUTION
  • STELLAR-SYSTEMS
  • MASS FUNCTION
  • RUNAWAY COLLISIONS
  • COMPACT BINARIES
  • MAIN-SEQUENCE
  • WHITE-DWARFS

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