Astrophysics and general relativity, vol.1 by M; Deser, S Chretien

By M; Deser, S Chretien

The 11th Brandeis summer season Institute in Theoretical Physics used to be held among June 17 and July 26,1968. It used to be equipped approximately present examine themes within the fields of common Relativity and of Astrophysics, with specific emphasis on issues with regards to aggregates of stars and the interstellar (and intergalactic) medium.

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10. NICMOS/HST coronographic imaging of scattered light from debris disks around HD 141569 (left) and HR 4796 (right) (from Schneider et al. 1999; Weinberger et al. 1999). 8 Disks and planet formation 17 –6 AB Aur log λ Fλ –8 –10 HR 4796A –12 0 1 log λ (mm) 2 3 Fig. 11. Comparison of the SEDs (normalized to the stellar photospheres) of AB Aur, a Herbig Ae/Be star (intermediate-mass equivalent of a T Tauri star), with HR 4796, a debrisdisk system – that is, a system whose dust is thought to be the product of collisions between large bodies rather than being “primordial” dust.

For a long time it was thought that this low efficiency of converting gas to stars was due to the slowing of gravitational collapse by magnetic fields. However, most nearby molecular clouds of significant mass harbor young stars, with typical ages of a few Myr, indicating that star formation is relatively rapid and that (at least local) molecular clouds are not long-lived, casting doubt on the importance of magnetic fields. The low efficiency of star formation is not due to the slowing gravitational collapse but to the disruption of molecular gas by stellar energy input, particularly from massive stars, which disperse clouds before all the mass can collapse.

Based on these calculations, even a small number of massive stars can efficiently disrupt molecular clouds. 8) because most molecular clouds are neither uniform nor spherical, the amount of energy and momentum available will clearly have major effects in dissipating molecular (star-forming) clouds. In summary, formation of massive stars will result in rapid cloud dispersal (perhaps after some initial triggering of star formation in compressed regions), helping to explain the short lifetimes of local molecular clouds; there is no reason why the energy injected should be so finely tuned as to precisely balance cloud self-gravity, given typical escape velocities of a few km s−1 .

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