Molecular Clouds and Young Massive Stars in the Galactic Disk

  • Leonardo Bronfman
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 180)


The distribution of molecular clouds in the Galactic disk is reviewed, including all the data available to date from the Columbia CO Galactic surveys1. Using the CS (J = 2 → 1) transition as a tracer of dense molecular gas associated with embedded compact H II regions, we present and discuss the distribution of young massive stars in the third and fourth Galactic quadrants and examine the process of molecular cloud-cloud collisions as a mechanism for massive star formation.


Star Formation Massive Star Molecular Cloud Galactic Plane Galactic Disk 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Bronfman
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  1. 1.Departamento de AstronomíaUniversidad de ChileUSA

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