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Distribution of stars in spiral galaxies

  1. Sep 6, 2010 #1
    I've been trying to locate an algorithm to model the distribution of stars in a spiral galaxy. Simple, I thought, I'll just Google it. However I quickly disappeared up my own black hole!!

    What I'm looking for is a simplified algorithm I can use to model n stars in a galaxy of size x (for example).

    It doesn't need to be 100% accurate but allow a number of parameters to be tweaked to provide a model which I can then use with my own visualisations to display. 3rd party software is not what I need.

    Anyone give me a rough idea or some better terms to be searching for?

    Thanks in advance.

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  4. Sep 12, 2010 #3
    Thanks Chronos. I've started implementing some prototypes based around Virial now thanks to that link.

    I was surprised a) just how complicated this area was and b) how there isn't much stuff already done in this area; examples that I could take as a starting point for my code...
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