Toward Understanding Massive Star Formation

  title={Toward Understanding Massive Star Formation},
  author={Hans Zinnecker and Harold W. Yorke},
  journal={Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics},
AbstractAlthough fundamental for astrophysics, the processes that produce massive stars are not well understood. Large distances, high extinction, and short timescales of critical evolutionary phases make observations of these processes challenging. Lacking good observational guidance, theoretical models have remained controversial. This review offers a basic description of the collapse of a massive molecular core and a critical discussion of the three competing concepts of massive star… 
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