Overview

The Clusters09 reading group will meet every Monday from 1:30 to 3:00 PM in the small seminar room in Kohn Hall, starting Oct 6, 2008. In true reading group format, we will read a selection of papers and/or book chapters before the meeting, in which a pre-designated group member will lead the discussion in a mostly informal way (less Powerpoint, more chalkboard). If you're interested in the Clusters09 KITP Program starting January 2009 and would like to get up to speed on globular clusters before the workshop and associated conference begin, please join us!

Meetings/Readings

Most of the books listed here are also available in the KITP library (note that we have recently ordered another copy of Binney & Merrifield and the new version of Binney & Tremaine for the library). If you can't locate a copy of a book, just send me an email (John Fregeau, email listed below) and hopefully we can find you a copy.
Date
Presenters
Topics
Suggested Reading
Optional Reading
10/6
Fregeau, Bildsten
general observational overview, color-magnitude diagram and horizontal branch puzzles
Binney & Merrifield section 6.1 minus 6.1.4, 6.1.7, and 6.1.11 (~35 easy-to-read textbook pages total)
Meylan & Heggie (1997), Heggie & Hut, Dotter (2008)
10/13
Cooper
theoretical overview (relaxation time, evaporation, core collapse, effect of binaries)
Binney & Tremaine (1987) chapter 4 opener (relaxation time), chapter 8 opener (stellar dynamics overview), section 8.4 minus 8.4.5, 8.4.7 (~30 easy-to-read textbook pages total)
Meylan & Heggie (1997), Heggie & Hut
10/20
Johnson
GC luminosity function, multiple stellar populations
D'Ercole, et al. (2008), Zepf (2008), Vesperini & Zepf (2003)
Renzini (2008)
10/27
Fregeau
computational overview (N-body method, Monte Carlo method, direct solution of F-P equation, gas models)
Trenti & Hut (2008), Hurley (2008)

11/3
Dexter
gas expulsion and primordial mass segregation
Baumgardt & Kroupa (2007), Baumgardt, et al. (2008)

11/10
Shen
formation and evolution of interacting binaries and blue stragglers (including X-ray binary formation)
Pooley & Hut (2006), Rasio, Pfahl, & Rappaport (2000), Mapelli, et al. (2006)
Pooley, et al. (2003)
11/17
Steinfadt
IMBH formation and influence on cluster structure (stellar mass BH merger scenario, collisional runaway scenario, statistical evidence for IMBHs)
Sections 3 and 4 (about 15pp total) of Miller & Colbert (2003), Trenti (2006), Freitag (2008)

11/24
Cooper
reconciling observations with theory (question of cluster evolutionary stage, binary burning efficiency, exotic energy sources)
Fregeau (2008), Hurley (2007)
Gill, et al. (2008)
12/1
Favata
cluster gravity wave sources (compact object merger rates, eccentric WD binaries)
Sadowski et al. (2008),Willems et al. (2007)

12/8
Chang
globular cluster populations in other galaxies (metal-poor/metal-rich dichotomy, X-ray binary populations)
Kundu, et al. (2008), Zepf, et al. (2008)







Participants (in random order)

  • John Fregeau (fregeau at kitp dot ucsb)
  • Lars Bildsten (bildsten at kitp dot ucsb)
  • Bill Paxton (paxton at kitp dot ucsb)
  • Peng Oh (peng at physics dot ucsb)
  • Ken Shen (kenshen at physics dot ucsb)
  • Marc Favata (favata at kitp dot ucsb)
  • Randy Cooper (rcooper at kitp dot ucsb)
  • David Kaplan (dkaplan at kitp dot ucsb)
  • Jason Dexter (jadexter at gmail)
  • Jennifer Johnson (jaj at astronomy dot ohio-state)
  • Michiko Fujii (fujii at cfca dot jp)
  • Justin Steinfadt (jdrs at physics dot ucsb)
  • Kevin Moore (KevKo13 at hotmail)