The physics of star formation

  title={The physics of star formation},
  author={Richard B. Larson},
  journal={Reports on Progress in Physics},
  • R. Larson
  • Published 27 June 2003
  • Physics, Geology
  • Reports on Progress in Physics
Our current understanding of the physical processes of star formation is reviewed, with emphasis on processes occurring in molecular clouds like those observed nearby. The dense cores of these clouds are predicted to undergo gravitational collapse characterized by the runaway growth of a central density peak that evolves towards a singularity. As long as collapse can occur, rotation and magnetic fields do not change this qualitative behaviour. The result is that a very small embryonic star or… 
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