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Springer Theses

Secular Evolution of Self-Gravitating Systems Over Cosmic Age

Authors: Fouvry, Jean-Baptiste

  • Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by the Institute of Astrophysics of Paris, FranceDiscusses analytical methods for exploring the secular evolution of self-gravitating systems
  • Shows how diffusive processes shape the phase space structure of galaxies and star clustersPresents the first effective implementation of the inhomogeneous Balescu–Lenard equation
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Tackling galactic evolution in a truly novel way, this outstanding thesis statistically explores the long-term evolution of galaxies, using recent theoretical breakthroughs that explicitly account for their self-gravity. While treating processes statistically, the astrophysical differences on each scale are also captured.

As the archetype of self-amplified diffusion, the implications of the thesis go far beyond astrophysics. Gravity is the driving force in galaxies, from their far outskirts to their innermost cores. These “extended kinetic theories” offer unique physical insights into the competing dynamical processes at play, complementing N-body approaches. 

The thesis successfully gauges the role of nature and nurture in establishing the galaxies’ observed properties, using kinetic equations to capture both sources of fluctuations. Further, it shows how secular diffusion shapes the phase space structure of cold stellar disks. The thesis subsequently determines the characteristic timescales and examines the signatures of secular evolution in this framework on two scales: from the kinetic evolution in galactic disks and their thickening via giant molecular clouds; all the way down to the stellar resonant relaxation of the central cluster and its black hole.

About the authors

Jean-Baptiste Fouvry received his PhD from the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris in 2016.

His supervisors were Christophe Pichon (IAP) and James Binney (Oxford).

He is currently a NASA Hubble fellow working at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Secular Evolution of Self-Gravitating Systems Over Cosmic Age
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66760-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66760-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66759-1
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 274
Number of Illustrations and Tables
41 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
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