Globular cluster formation within the aquarius simulation

B R Griffin, Michael John Drinkwater, P A Thomas, J C Helly, Kevin Alan Pimbblet

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    Abstract

    The Aquarius project is a very high-resolution simulation capable of resolving the full mass range of potential globular cluster (GC) formation sites. With a particle mass m(p) = 1.4 x 104 M-circle dot, Aquarius yields more than 100 million particles within the virial radius of the central halo which has a mass of 1.8 x 1012 M-circle dot, similar to that of the Milky Way. With this particle mass, dark matter concentrations (haloes) that give rise to GCs via our formation criteria contain a minimum of similar to 2000 particles.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)375 - 386
    Number of pages12
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Volume405
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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