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ABSTRACT

1.INTRODUCTION

2.ILLUSTRATIVE N-BODY SIMULATIONS

3.BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEBRIS FORMATION AND EVOLUTION
3.1.Debris spreading: phase-mixingphase mixing
3.1.1.Intuition from spherical potentials
3.1.2.Action-angle formalism
3.2.Orbital properties of tidal debris
3.3.Application: models of streams
3.3.1.Estimating physical scales in debris
3.3.2.Generating predictions for density distributions along streams

4.MORPHOLOGIES OF INDIVIDUAL DEBRIS STRUCTURES IN OBSERVABLE CO-ORDINATES
4.1.Young debris
4.2.Fully phase-mixed debris

5.DEBRIS IN A COSMOLOGICAL CONTEXT: MODELING AND INTERPRETING PROPERTIES OF STELLAR HALOS
5.1.Cosmological simulations of stellar halo formation
5.2.General results of cosmological accretion models
5.2.1.Accreted phase-space structure in halos
5.2.2.Accreted stellar populations in halos
5.3.Implications and applications
5.3.1.Statistical comparisons with observations
5.3.2.Recovering accretion histories
5.3.3.Accreted populations as a window on galaxy formation over cosmic time

6.SUMMARY OF STATUS AND PROSPECTS

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