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Density wave theory


Density Wave Theory Animation


Why Are Most Galaxies Spiral-Shaped?


Demo: Density Wave Theory


Unity 3D Density Wave Theory


Density Waves and the Stability of Galactic Spiral Arms

Density wave theory or the Lin-Shu density wave theory is a theory proposed by C.C. Lin and Frank Shu in the mid-1960s to explain the spiral arm structure of spiral galaxies. Its primary competitor is the self-propagating star-formation model. The Lin-Shu theory introduces the idea of long-lived quasistatic density waves, which are sections of the galactic disk that have greater mass density. The theory has also been successfully applied to Saturn's rings.
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