The Great Collapse
Promotor: Prof.dr. S.F. Portegies Zwart
- D.P. Caputo
- 22 January 2015
- Thesis in Leiden Repository
Using n-body and stellar evolution simulations I model different star systems. Through the use of a large number of n-body simulations I model the effect of subvirial initial conditions on the evolution of star clusters and shed light on a dynamical mechanism for rapid mass segregation in young clusters. Using stellar evolution simulations I estimate there to be 10^8 intermediate mass black holes in the local universe. Lastly, I explore the effect of a supernova in a triple star system.