SCYON Abstract

Received on February 21 2001

Galactic nuclear activity induced by globular cluster merging

AuthorsR. Capuzzo-Dolcetta
AffiliationDep. of Physics, Univ. "La Sapienza", P.le A.Moro 5, I-00185, Roma, Italy


The interpretation of the difference observed between the radial distribution of globular clusters and that of halo--bulge stars in elliptical galaxies is discussed in terms of evolution of their globular cluster systems. I present a short summary of the evidence that dynamical evolution of globular cluster systems is not only able to explain the flattening of their distribution toward the galactic center, but also it may have played an important role on the primordial activity of the parent galaxy.