Credit: K. Garmany, F. Haase NOAO/AURA
Gravitational dynamics has stood as a foundation of astronomy since Sir Isaac Newton modified Kepler's third law to show that the motions of our planets can be described by orbits around a central force of gravity. Motion due to the effects of gravity is perhaps one of most relatable areas of physics, as we experience the influence of gravity on a daily basis. Stellar systems like open and globular star clusters offer a particularly rich dynamical environment, where two-body relaxation drives a relatively rapid evolution and close encounters between individual stars and binaries can occur on a regular basis.
Here you will find descriptions of a number of exciting research projects that my collaborators and I are pursuing to study the effects of stellar encounters on the evolution of multiple-star systems, planetary systems and star clusters, including many important projects for students. If any of these projects spark your interest, please contact me at the information given below.
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