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Characterization of Planetary Atmospheres
Karan Molaverdikhani
Fri, 21 Jun 2019, 15:00
Fundamental Physics with High-Energy Cosmic Neutrinos
Dr. Mauricio Bustamante
Mon, 24 Jun 2019, 16:30
TBA
Lynton Ardizzone
Tue, 25 Jun 2019, 14:15

Numerical experiments on star formation: mass functions and angular momenta

Lee Hartmann , UMich
The initial mass function of stars - the number of stars N formed per interval of mass M - has long been known to be a power law, with d log N/d log M = ? = -1.3. Many explanations of this distribution have been advanced over the years, including fractal dimensions of star-forming molecular clouds and/or self-similar grouping of clouds. I will discuss simplified numerical simulations of star formation which show that gravitational accretion onto initial seed masses generates a power law mass distribution approaching ? ? -1 asymptotically, irrespective of complications of cloud structure. This mechanism can also explain the mass function of young star clusters, which also has a power law distribution with ? = -1. Finally, I will describe preliminary results concerning the origin of protostellar cloud angular momenta, including magnetic fields, with implications for the properties of protoplanetary disks that result from cloud collapse.
Königstuhl Colloquium
24 May 2019, 15:00
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Level 3 Lecture Hall (301)

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