Principles of Star Formation

  • Peter H.¬†Bodenheimer

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 325-343

About this book


Understanding star formation is one of the key fields in present-day astrophysics. This book treats a wide variety of the physical processes involved, as well as the main observational discoveries, with key points being discussed in detail. The current star formation in our galaxy is emphasized, because the most detailed observations are available for this case. The book presents a comparison of the various scenarios for star formation, discusses the basic physics underlying each one, and follows in detail the history of a star from its initial state in the interstellar gas to its becoming a condensed object in equilibrium. Both theoretical and observational evidence to support the validity of the general evolutionary path are presented, and methods for comparing the two are emphasized. The author is a recognized expert in calculations of the evolution of protostars, the structure and evolution of disks, and stellar evolution in general. This book will be of value to graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics as well as to active researchers in the field.


Formation of First Stars Massive Star Formation Molecular Clouds Pre-main-sequence evolution Protostar Collapse Protostellar Disks Star Cluster Formation Star Formation Accretion Star Formation in the Early Universe Star Formation, Gravitational Collapse Star Formation, Infrared Observations Star Formation, Radio Observations Star Formation, graduate textbook Star forming regions Stellar Initial Mass Function Stellar Winds and Outflows Young Stars

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter H.¬†Bodenheimer
    • 1
  1. 1.Lick ObservatoryUniversity of California, Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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