Seminar

Placing limits on the efficiency of radial migration in spiral galaxies — [ Canceled ]

Radial migration is frequently recognized as an internal, secular process that could play an important role in disk galaxy evolution.  The driving mechanism for radial migration is transient spiral patterns, which rearrange the orbital angular momentum distribution of disk stars around corotation without causing kinematic heating.  Should radial migration be an efficient process, it could cause a substantial fraction of disk stars to move large radial distances over the lifetime of the disk, thus having a significant impact on the disk’s kinematic, structural and chemical evolution.  I will present an analytic criterion that determines which stars are in orbits that could lead to radial migration.  I will then show some scaling relations for the effectiveness of radial migration that result from applying this analytic criterion to a series of models that have a variety of distribution functions and spiral patterns.  Most importantly, I will argue that these scaling relations can be used to place constraints on the efficiency of radial migration, where stronger spiral patterns and kinematically cold populations will lead to a higher fraction of stars in orbits that can lead to radial migration.

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