Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 168, Issue 2, pp 233–241 | Cite as

The core evolution of a globular cluster containing massive black holes

  • Zhou Yuan
  • Xie Guang Zhong


In this paper we consider effects of the general relativity and an accreting black hole in a globular cluster by studying the evolution of a globular cluster core as a whole, i.e., without the partition of the core into the so-called cusp and isothermal core regions. The globular cluster core is assumed to contain a massive black hole at its center. We show that the final fate of the evolution of a globular cluster core depends on the mass of the black hole at its center. When the massM of the black hole is greater than 3×103M, there will be a contraction of the core. On the other hand, if the mass of the black hole is smaller (102MM≤3×103M) in the center, the core will expand until complete dissolution.


Black Hole Globular Cluster Monthly Notice Central Black Hole Core Evolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhou Yuan
    • 1
  • Xie Guang Zhong
    • 2
  1. 1.International School for Advanced StudiesTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Yunnan ObservatoryAcademy SinicaKunmingChina

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