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From Interstellar Clouds to Star-forming Galaxies (IAU S315)

From Interstellar Clouds to Star-forming Galaxies (IAU S315)
Universal Processes?


Part of Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union Symposia and Colloquia

  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107135208

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  • The link between the structure of the interstellar medium in galaxies and the star formation process is a fast-growing area of astrophysical research. The availability of wide-field far-infrared and submillimeter surveys with various space observatories, coupled with the improved capabilities of ground-based millimeter and submillimeter interferometers, has led to spectacular advances in our understanding of star formation modes from solar system scales to galaxy scales. IAU Symposium 315 aims to build a coherent picture of how star formation is fueled on a wide range of scales. Bringing together researchers working on star formation throughout the Universe from nearby clouds to local galaxies to the first star-forming galaxies at high redshift, it makes connections between the latest observations and advanced numerical simulations. It also addresses critical issues, such as the origin and universality of the stellar initial mass function, the nature of star formation 'laws', and the role of feedback.

    • Gathers the viewpoints from a broad range of experts to explore the possibility of a unified picture of star formation in the Universe
    • Provides an overview of recent observational and theoretical results on the link between the structure of the interstellar medium and star formation processes
    • Confronts the fundamental question of whether the dominant mode of star formation is quasi-universal or environment-dependent
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107135208
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 182 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1a. Atomic and molecular phases of the interstellar medium
    1b. Excitation of molecular gas in galaxies
    1c. Molecules in galaxies as tracers of ISM properties and star formation rates
    2a. Structure and evolution of interstellar clouds
    2b. Formation and evolution of dense cores
    2c. Formation and evolution of protostellar disks
    3a. Formation and early evolution of stellar clusters
    3b. Comparison of low-mass and high-mass star formation
    3c. Origin and universality of the initial mass function
    4a. Star formation in nearby galaxies
    4b. Active galactic nuclei, starbursts, feedback
    4c. Star formation laws, rates, thresholds in galaxies
    5a. Main-sequence galactic disks versus starburst galaxies
    5b. Comparison of low and high redshift star formation
    5c. Galaxies in groups and clusters.

  • Editors

    Pascale Jablonka, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

    Philippe André, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique (AIM), CEA Saclay

    Floris van der Tak, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research

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