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Poster Open Access

Using statistical methods to investigate the kinematic and spatial history of star clusters.

Arnold, Becky; Wright, Nick

Wolk, Scott

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. 

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  • 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

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