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The Great Collapse

Promotor: Prof.dr. S.F. Portegies Zwart

D.P. Caputo
22 januari 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.