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Radiation pressure limits on the star formation efficiency and surface density of compact stellar systems

Crocker, Roland; Krumholz, Mark; Thompson, Todd A.; Baumgardt, Holger; Mackey, Dougal


The large columns of dusty gas enshrouding and fuelling star formation in young, massive stellar clusters may render such systems optically thick to radiation well into the infrared. This raises the prospect that both 'direct' radiation pressure produced by absorption of photons leaving stellar surfaces and 'indirect' radiation pressure from photons absorbed and then re-emitted by dust grains may be important sources of feedback in such systems. Here, we evaluate this possibility by deriving...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1093/MNRAS/STY2659
Access Rights: Open Access


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