Massive star formation in 100,000 years from turbulent and pressurized molecular clouds

  title={Massive star formation in 100,000 years from turbulent and pressurized molecular clouds},
  author={Christopher F. McKee and Jonathan C. Tan},
Massive stars (with mass m* > 8 solar masses M[circdot]) are fundamental to the evolution of galaxies, because they produce heavy elements, inject energy into the interstellar medium, and possibly regulate the star formation rate. The individual star formation time, t*f, determines the accretion rate of the star; the value of the former quantity is currently uncertain by many orders of magnitude, leading to other astrophysical questions. For example, the variation of t*f with stellar mass… 
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