The Initial Mass Function 50 Years Later

  • Edvige Corbelli
  • Francesco Palla
  • Hans Zinnecker

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 327)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. The IMF Concept Through

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XX
    2. Edwin E. Salpeter
      Pages 3-10
    3. Steven V.W. Beckwith
      Pages 11-18
    4. Hans Zinnecker
      Pages 19-22
  3. The IMF in Our Galaxy: Clusters and Field Stars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XX
    2. I. Neill Reid
      Pages 53-60
    3. J. Bouvier, E. Moraux, J.R. Stauffer
      Pages 61-66
    4. Francesco Palla, Sofia Randich
      Pages 73-74
    5. L. Prisinzano, G. Micela, S. Sciortino, F. Favata, F. Damiani
      Pages 75-76
    6. Guido De Marchi, Francesco Paresce, Simon Portegies Zwart
      Pages 77-82
    7. Wolfgang Brandner
      Pages 101-106
  4. The IMF in Our Galaxy: Star Forming Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XX
    2. Charles J. Lada
      Pages 109-114

About these proceedings


The Book contains the proceedings of a Conference intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the IMF concept by Ed Salpeter along with Ed Salpeter's 80th birthday.
It summarizes a vast amounts of information, and updates the Herstmonceux book on the IMF,(eds. Howell and Gilmore, 1998 - ASP publ).
The book collects many long reviews on IMF determinations in the Galaxy, in galaxies, and in the Early Universe as well as deep implications of the IMF on star formation theories and on the physical conditions of the gas before and after star formation. It provides basic information needed for the coverage of these important quantities in graduate courses of Stellar Evolution, Star Formation, Interstellar Medium, Galactic Dynamics, Formation and Evolution of Galaxies.
The book covers all aspects of the current researches in this field, as testified by the large number of contributing scientists.


Physics Planet astronomy astrophysics cosmology galaxy stars

Editors and affiliations

  • Edvige Corbelli
    • 1
  • Francesco Palla
    • 2
  • Hans Zinnecker
    • 3
  1. 1.INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di ArcetriFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di ArcetriFirenzeItaly
  3. 3.Astrophysikalisches PotsdamGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-3406-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-3407-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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