Friday, June 21, 2013

1306.4731 (A. M. Mel'nik et al.)

Straight segments in the galactic discs    [PDF]

A. M. Mel'nik, P. Rautiainen
We study the properties of the straight segments forming in N-body simulations of the galactic discs. The properties of these features are consistent with the observational ones summarized by Chernin at al. (2001). Unlike some previous suggestions to explain the straight segments as gas dynamical instabilities, they form in our models in the stellar system. We suggest that the straight segments are forming as a response of the rotating disc to a gravity of the regions of enhanced density (overdensities) corotating with the disc. The kinematics of stars near the prominent overdensities is consistent with this hypothesis.
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