Poster Open Access
The dynamical history of young star forming regions is a difficult thing to study because kinematic structure is quickly erased as the regions evolve. We explore the application of the Moran's I statistic to look for kinematic signatures of this initial structure which persist. The ability to diagnose a cluster's evolutionary origins and history would be a powerful tool in distinguishing which models of star formation best reflect reality.
Portegies Zwart et al. (1999) Star cluster ecology. III. Runaway collisions in young compact star clusters
Portegies Zwart et al. (2001) Star cluster ecology - IV. Dissection of an open star cluster: photometry