The Formation of Stars
This book is a comprehensive treatment of star formation, one of the most active fields of modern astronomy. The reader is guided through the subject in a logically compelling manner. Starting from a general description of stars and interstellar clouds, the authors delineate the earliest phases of stellar evolution. They discuss formation activity not only in the Milky Way, but also in other galaxies, both now and in the remote past. Theory and observation are thoroughly integrated, with the aid of numerous figures and images. In summary, this volume is an invaluable resource, both as a text for physics and astronomy graduate students, and as a reference for professional scientists.
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absorption accretion Ae/Be stars Alfvén waves ambient angular momentum associated atomic axis binary birthline central Chapter circumstellar cluster collapse column density component continuum convection curve dense cores deuterium disk distance dust electron embedded emitted equation Figure flux fraction frequency function Galactic galaxies grains gravitational heating Herbig Herbig Ae/Be stars HII region HR diagram hydrogen infall infrared initial interior interstellar interstellar medium ionization low-mass luminosity magnetic field main sequence main-sequence mass massive stars matter molecular clouds molecular gas molecules motion near-infrared Nebula objects observed optically thick orbital Orion outflow panel photons photosphere pre-main-sequence stars pressure protostar protostellar radial velocity radiation radiative radius redshifted relatively result rotation shock shows spatial spectral type speed spherical star formation star’s stellar structure surface Tauri stars Taurus-Auriga Teff temperature thermal transition ultraviolet wave wavelengths weak-lined wind