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Polarization Clouds and Dynamical Friction

  • Agris J. Kalnajs
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 31)

Abstract

We argue that dynamical friction can be viewed as the drag exerted on a ‘test’ star by the wake it induces in the field stars. We compute the wakes for the uniform infinite medium and a flat rotating sheet. In the first case we obtain a result which differs by a factor of two from the classical result. In the second case the drag vanishes.

Keywords

Collective Effect Dynamical Friction Field Star Polarization Cloud Binary Encounter 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Agris J. Kalnajs
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard College ObservatoryCambridgeUSA

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