The warp of the Galaxy and the Large Magellanic Cloud

I. Garcia-Ruiz, K. Kuijken, J. Dubinski

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Abstract

We study the possibility that the Galactic warp is caused by the tides of the Magellanic clouds. Using a specialized N-body particle+ring code we investigate the role of extra torques on the disc induced by gravitational wakes in the dark halo created by the Large Magellanic Cloud. We find that neither the amplitude nor the orientation of the resulting warp agrees with observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-469
Number of pages11
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume337
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2002

Keywords

  • Galaxy : structure
  • galaxies : kinematics and dynamics
  • Magellanic Clouds
  • SPIRAL GALAXIES
  • GALACTIC WARPS
  • DARK HALOS
  • DISKS
  • KINEMATICS
  • DYNAMICS
  • MASS

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