Star Formation

Star formation is a fundamental problem of astrophysics and cosmology: The first massive stars in the universe contributed to its re-ionization; stars are a dominant energy source to the interstellar medium (ISM) of galaxies and control their chemical enrichment; the collapse of protostars is accompanied by the formation of ircumstellar disks harboring the formation of planetary systems. Stars are formed in cold interstellar clouds by the interplay of turbulence, gravity, magnetic fields, radiation, chemistry, and dust dynamics. This physical complexity and the large range of scales of these processes have so far prevented a fully self-consistent theory of star formation. [+]

ICCUB Contribution

ICCUB researchers seek to acquire a perspective as wide as possible by combining observational programs, ranging from the optical to the radio domain, within theoretical efforts, both analytical and computational. The interaction between theory and observations is achieved through the development of synthetic observations, that is by predicting the outcome of observations based on numerical simulations of star formation. [+]

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