COLLOQUIUM: The Formation of Stellar Groups
Stars do not form singly, but in groups. Within the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy, we have systems ranging in population from 100 to 10,000 members. Their origin is still poorly understood, and many basic questions remain. How do local conditions in the interstellar medium lead to one type of group rather than another? Why do the most populous and massive groups disperse after a few million years, while comparatively unimpressive systems of a few hundred stars remain intact for up to a billion years?
In my talk, I will outline a new, general theory of how stellar groups form. This is work in progress. I will describe an ongoing, multi-pronged effort to implement the theory quantitatively and to check it against observational reality.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2014-2015 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.
- Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484