A Schmidt-Kennicutt law for star formation in the Milky Way disk

@article{Fuchs2009ASL,
  title={A Schmidt-Kennicutt law for star formation in the Milky Way disk},
  author={B. Fuchs and H. Jahreiss and C. Flynn},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={137},
  pages={266-271}
}
  • B. Fuchs, H. Jahreiss, C. Flynn
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • We use a new method to trace backward the star formation history of the Milky Way disk, using a sample of M dwarfs in the solar neighborhood that is representative for the entire solar circle. M stars are used because they show Hα emission until a particular age, which is a well-calibrated function of their absolute magnitudes. This allows us to reconstruct the rate at which disk stars have been born over about half the disk's lifetime. Our star formation rate (SFR) agrees well with those… CONTINUE READING

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