The course is given in the second semester,
Tuesday 12:0--15:00, office hours
Wednesday 13:00--14:00 Kaplun 117
This course covers the basic physics of star formation and an
overview of the current state of research. It is intended to
prepare first or second year graduate students to enter into
research in the field.
There will be a lot of reading in English. Much of the reading will
be taken from the most recent Protostars and
Planets conference and will be posted here. The textbook
The Formation of Stars in the Science library is a good
resource, especially for theory.
The grade is based on exercises (40%) and the final exam (60%).
- Background, Motivation, and the Burning Questions
- Review of rates, masses, IMF, disks, outflows, clusters.
- Sites of star formation. Intro to molecular clouds and how to
- Molecular clouds, how they collapse and how they can be
supported. Lifetimes, collapse timescales, support mechanisms
- Cloud fragmentation and what determines stellar sizes.
- Stellar ignition, D and H burning. Stars igniting inside
molecular clouds and the developement of HII regions. More
observational challenges. Radiation and shock fronts, effects on
- Formation of proto-stars, proto-star/disk systems. Class 0--3
- Disks and protoplanetary systems.
- Differences between Low and High Mass Protostars
- Multiple stars: formation and early stages of life in
binaries, associations, and bound clusters
- Galaxy-scale phenomena: rings, arms, starbursts
Reading (will be updated throughout course):