THE PRESENT-DAY STAR FORMATION RATE OF THE MILKY WAY DETERMINED FROM SPITZER-DETECTED YOUNG STELLAR OBJECTS

@article{Robitaille2010THEPS,
  title={THE PRESENT-DAY STAR FORMATION RATE OF THE MILKY WAY DETERMINED FROM SPITZER-DETECTED YOUNG STELLAR OBJECTS},
  author={Thomas P. Robitaille and Barbara. A. Whitney},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  year={2010},
  volume={710},
  pages={L11 - L15}
}
We present initial results from a population synthesis model aimed at determining the star formation rate (SFR) of the Milky Way. We find that a total SFR of 0.68–1.45 M☉ yr−1 is able to reproduce the observed number of young stellar objects (YSOs) in the Spitzer/IRAC GLIMPSE survey of the Galactic plane, assuming simple prescriptions for the three-dimensional Galactic distributions of YSOs and interstellar dust, and using model spectral energy distributions to predict the brightness and color… 

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