Control of star formation by supersonic turbulence

  title={Control of star formation by supersonic turbulence},
  author={Mordecai Mac Low and Ralf S. Klessen},
  journal={Reviews of Modern Physics},
Understanding the formation of stars in galaxies is central to much of modern astrophysics. However, a quantitative prediction of the star formation rate and the initial distribution of stellar masses remains elusive. For several decades it has been thought that the star formation process is primarily controlled by the interplay between gravity and magnetostatic support, modulated by neutral-ion drift (known as ambipolar diffusion in astrophysics). Recently, however, both observational and… 
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