The formation of stars

  title={The formation of stars},
  author={Antonio Chrysostomou and Phillip W. Lucas},
  journal={Contemporary Physics},
  pages={29 - 40}
We review the process of star formation, detailing the theories underlying the stability of molecular clouds and their collapse to protostars, and discussing the empirical evidence and models which inform them. We give emphasis to the role that the magnetic field plays in influencing the stability of molecular clouds and hence the star formation rate. The end result of star formation is a mass function which appears constant within our Galaxy. A relative abundance of low mass stars is observed… 

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Uranium isotopic analysis of terrestrial and extraterrestrial samples

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Brown dwarfs

According to theory, an object that has a mass of less than about 8 percent of the mass of the sun cannot sustain significant nuclear fusion reactions in its core. This marks the dividing line

The stellar initial mass function

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