Research Progress in Star Clusters and Stellar Systems

A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 859

Special Issue Editor

1. Helmholtz-Instituts für Strahlen- und Kernphysik (HISKP), Nussallee 14-16, D-53115 Bonn, Germany
2. Argelander-Institut für Astronomie (AIfA), Auf dem Hügel 71, D-53121 Bonn, Germany
Interests: stellar dynamics; N-body simulations; gravitational waves; astrophysics of black holes; star formation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Star clusters are the building blocks of our luminous Universe. By virtue of over-density and random motion of stars, gravitationally bound star clusters and stellar associations can give rise to a wide range of astrophysical phenomena such as the formation of unusual stellar collision products, compact-object binaries, and gravitational-wave sources. How very dense, young star clusters are assembled, especially those containing hundred-thousands to millions of young stars within some parsecs, is still largely an open question. Undoubtedly, star clusters and stellar systems offer a wide, rich, and multi-disciplinary field of research, equivocally for observers and theorists. With present and upcoming cutting-age observatories such as Very Large Telescope, Gaia, James Webb Space Telescope, Thirty Meter Telescope, Athena, third-generation and space-based gravitational-wave detectors and with the continued developments of high-performance computing, the research field of stellar systems and star clusters will only escalate and broaden.

This Special Issue, hosted by Galaxies, aims at bringing together star cluster-related topics that are of particular interest at present or in the near future. We invite submissions of both original research papers and review-style articles related to star clusters and stellar systems (young clusters, open clusters, stellar associations, gas-embedded systems, globular clusters, galactic nuclear clusters). We are happy to consider all topics concerning star clusters and especially encourage submissions covering one or more of the following sub-topics:

  • Formation and assembly of young star clusters;
  • Physics of dynamical systems;
  • Computational challenges of gravitational many-body systems;
  • Stellar remnants in star clusters: observational signatures;
  • Dynamical assembly of gravitational-wave sources;
  • Open star clusters;
  • Stellar initial mass function;
  • Intermediate mass black holes in star clusters;
  • Observing stellar clusters and streams with Gaia;
  • Prospects of observing clusters with next-generation telescopes;
  • Applications of data science and machine learning to stellar systems.

Dr. Sambaran Banerjee
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • globular clusters
  • open clusters and associations
  • black holes
  • gravitational-wave sources
  • astrometry and photometry
  • many-body systems
  • N-body simulation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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