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Publication Date

Fall 10-4-2019


The Vlasov-Poisson (V-P) system is a widely studied mathematical model in galactic dynamics [2]. Until recently solutions to this nonlinear integro-differential system were limited to a few special cases. Lately numerical models have been developed which generate fully self-consistent solutions satisfying the V-P system presented in the next section [1]. These models have enlarged the space of axially symmetric solutions to include toroidal, spindle-like, and disk-like cases and compositions thereof. These new solutions allow us to better understand the abundance of non-spherical galaxy-morphologies we observe in nature. In this work we apply an integral transform, which projects the models’ 3-dimensional representations onto 2-dimensional views. This allows us to better compare numerical solutions to observations of galaxies as they would appear when viewed edge-on through a telescope.