SCYON Abstract

Received on May 5 2006

Dissolution of Globular Clusters

AuthorsHolger Baumgardt
University of Bonn
To appear inInvited review for the "Globular Clusters: Guides to Galaxies" conference, Concepcion, Chile, March 6th-10th, 2006


Globular clusters are among the oldest objects in galaxies, and understanding the details of their formation and evolution can bring valuable insight into the early history of galaxies. This review summarises the current knowledge about the dissolution of star clusters and discusses the implications of star cluster dissolution for the evolution of the mass function of star cluster systems in galaxies.