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The formation and evolution of giant molecular clouds

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  • UserClare Dobbs (Exeter)
  • ClockWednesday 10 October 2012, 14:00-15:00
  • HouseNuffield G13.

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Giant molecular clouds (GMCs) are the sites of star formation in galaxies. As such, the properties of GMCs, and how they are formed, are instrumental to understanding how star formation proceeds, why star formation is inefficient, and ultimately why galaxies evolve as they do. In this talk, I will outline some of the mechanisms for how GMCs form, and also demonstrate the role of feedback in preventing clouds becoming too massive and dense. I shall also illustrate the evolution of an individual GMC in a galactic simulation, showing how it forms, disperses, and for how long star formation occurs.

This talk is part of the Astrophysics Talks Series series.

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