The Initial Mass Function of Stars: Evidence for Uniformity in Variable Systems

@article{Kroupa2002TheIM,
  title={The Initial Mass Function of Stars: Evidence for Uniformity in Variable Systems},
  author={P. Kroupa},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={295},
  pages={82 - 91}
}
  • P. Kroupa
  • Published 2002
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Science
  • The distribution of stellar masses that form in one star formation event in a given volume of space is called the initial mass function (IMF). The IMF has been estimated from low-mass brown dwarfs to very massive stars. Combining IMF estimates for different populations in which the stars can be observed individually unveils an extraordinary uniformity of the IMF. This general insight appears to hold for populations including present-day star formation in small molecular clouds, rich and dense… CONTINUE READING
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