Star Formation in Molecular Clouds

  title={Star Formation in Molecular Clouds},
  author={Mark R. Krumholz},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies},
  • M. Krumholz
  • Published 26 January 2011
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies
Star formation is one of the least understood processes in cosmic evolution. It is difficult to formulate a general theory for star formation in part because of the wide range of physical processes involved. The interstellar gas out of which stars form is a supersonically turbulent plasma governed by magnetohydrodynamics. This is hard enough by itself, since we do not understand even subsonic hydrodynamic turbulence very well, let alone supersonic non‐ideal MHD turbulence. However, the behavior… 
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