The Initial Mass Function 50 Years Later

  • Edvige Corbelli
  • Francesco Palla
  • Hans Zinnecker
Conference proceedings

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
    3. Jean-Louis Monin, Sylvain Guieu, Catherine Dougados, Eduardo L. Martín, Eugene Magnier
      Pages 121-122
    4. Timo Prusti, Sacha Hony
      Pages 123-126
    5. A.A. Kaas, P. Persi, G. Olofsson, S. Bontemps, P. André, T. Prusti et al.
      Pages 131-132
    6. D. Barrado y Navascués, J.R. Stauffer, J. Bouvier
      Pages 133-136
    7. Ben Burningham, T. Naylor, S.P. Littlefair, R.D. Jeffries
      Pages 141-142
    8. Fiona Riddick, Patrick Roche, Phil Lucas
      Pages 143-144
    9. Fabrizio Massi, Leonardo Testi, Leonardo Vanzi
      Pages 147-148
    10. M.G. Petr-Gotzens, H.R. Ledo, D.E.A. Nürnberger
      Pages 159-160
    11. E.D. Feigelson, K.V. Getman
      Pages 163-170
    12. E. Flaccomio, G. Micela, S. Sciortino, F.R. Harnden, L. Hartmann
      Pages 171-172
  5. The Extragalactic IMF

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XX
    2. Pavel Kroupa, Carsten Weidner
      Pages 175-186
    3. M.S. Oey, C.J. Clarke
      Pages 187-190
    4. Martino Romaniello, Nino Panagia, Massimo Robberto
      Pages 195-198
    5. Dimitrios Gouliermis, Wolfgang Brandner, Thomas Henning
      Pages 199-200
    6. Rosemary F.G. Wyse
      Pages 201-208
    7. Fabio Bresolin
      Pages 209-214
    8. D. Romano, C. Chiappini, F. Matteucci, M. Tosi
      Pages 231-234
    9. Rosaria Tantalo
      Pages 235-236

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

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