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Proposal Information for 2009B-0382


PI: Michael Drinkwater, University of Queensland, m.drinkwater@uq.edu.au
Address: School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

CoI: Brendan Griffen, University of Queensland
CoI: William Harris, McMaster University
CoI: Rachel Anderson, McMaster University
CoI: Elizabeth Wehner, Universiteit Utrecht
CoI: Steve Phillipps, University of Bristol
CoI: Avon Huxor, University of Bristol
CoI: Bryn Jones, Queen Mary College, University of London

Title: The formation of globular clusters and ultra-compact dwarf galaxies

Abstract: This proposal is one part of a larger theoretical and observational project to determine the origins of globular clusters and ultra-compact dwarf (UCD) galaxies. The aim of this part of the project is to determine the formation mechanism of the luminous globular clusters and UCDs found around large elliptical galaxies in dense cluster or group environments. Here we request Mosaic observations to measure the populations of these objects around 14 cluster elliptical galaxies. These observations will be used to test and refine our numerical simulations of globular clusters and UCDs so that we can then use the simulations to test the main theories of globular cluster and UCD formation.


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