Theory of Star Formation

  title={Theory of Star Formation},
  author={Christopher F. McKee and Eve C. Ostriker},
We review current understanding of star formation, outlining an overall theoretical framework and the observations that motivate it. A conception of star formation has emerged in which turbulence plays a dual role, both creating overdensities to initiate gravitational contraction or collapse, and countering the effects of gravity in these overdense regions. The key dynamical processes involved in star formation – turbulence, magnetic fields, and self-gravity – are highly nonlinear and… CONTINUE READING


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