Radial migration and vertical action in N-body simulations

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We study the radial migration of stars as a function of orbital action as well as the structural properties of a large suite of N-body simulations of isolated disc galaxies. Our goal is to establish a relationship between the radial migration efficiency of stars and their vertical action. We aim to describe how that relationship depends on the relative gravitational dominance between the disc and the dark matter halo. By changing the mass ratio of our disc and dark matter halo, we find a relationship between disc dominance, number, and strength of spiral arms, and the ensuing radial migration as a function of the vertical action. We conclude that the importance of migration at large vertical action depends on the strength of the spiral arms and therefore the dominance of the disc. Populations with more radial action undergo less radial migration, independently of disc dominance. Our results are important for the future of analytical modelling of radial migration in galaxies and further the understanding of radial migration that is a key component of the restructuring of galaxies, including the Milky Way.


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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi


Sidor (från-till)3295-3306
Antal sidor12
TidskriftMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Utgåva nummer3
StatusPublished - 2020
Peer review utfördJa