Star formation is a fundamental process in the universe, shaping the structure of our and other galaxies. The birth of stars is triggered by the gravitational collapse and fragmentation of cold molecular clouds. The talk will summarize the general physical principles of the star formation process. It will discuss global properties such as the star formation efficiency and the initial mass function. In addition, it will also demonstrate the power of infrared astronomy in revealing the structure of star-forming regions and will discuss exciting results obtained with the Herschel Space Observatory and (sub)millimeter observations.
About the speaker:
Thomas Henning is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Planet and Star Formation Department, Heidelberg. He is interested in the formation of stars and planetary systems, the properties of exoplanets and their atmospheres, as well as in the chemistry of the universe and computational and laboratory astrophysics. He is an adjunct professor of TIFR, Mumbai since 2016.