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The big problems in star formation: The star formation rate, stellar clustering, and the initial mass function

Krumholz, Mark

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Star formation lies at the center of a web of processes that drive cosmic evolution: generation of radiant energy, synthesis of elements, formation of planets, and development of life. Decades of observations have yielded a variety of empirical rules about how it operates, but at present we have no comprehensive, quantitative theory. In this review I discuss the current state of the field of star formation, focusing on three central questions: What controls the rate at which gas in a galaxy...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/102777
Source: Physics Reports: Review Section of Physics Letters
DOI: 10.1016/j.physrep.2014.02.001

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