Magnetic Fields and Star Formation

Theory Versus Observations

  • A. I. Gómez de Castro
  • M. Heyer
  • E. Vázquez-Semadeni
  • R. Rebolo
  • M. Tagger
  • R. E. Pudritz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-5
  2. Turbulence in the ISM

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Benjamin D. G. Chandran
      Pages 17-28
    3. Fabian Heitsch, Ellen G. Zweibel, Adrianne D. Slyz, Julien E. G. Devriendt
      Pages 45-51
    4. N. E. L. Haugen, A. Brandenburg, W. Dobler
      Pages 53-60
    5. S. Boldyrev, P. Padoan, R. Jimenez, Å. Nordlund
      Pages 61-68
    6. Georgi Pavlovski, Michael D. Smith, Mordecai-Mark Mac Low, Alexander Rosen
      Pages 69-75
    7. Edith Falgarone, Pierre Hily-Blant, François Levrier
      Pages 89-101
    8. S. Stanimirović, J. M. Weisberg, A. Hedden, K. Devine, T. Green, S. B. Anderson
      Pages 103-109
    9. J. M. Girart, J. S. Greaves, R. M. Crutcher, S.-P. Lai
      Pages 119-125
    10. Martin Houde, Ruisheng Peng, Hiroshige Yoshida, Roger H. Hildebrand, Thomas G. Phillips, C. Darren Dowell et al.
      Pages 127-134
  3. Formation of Structure and Fragmentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Enrique Vázquez-Semadeni
      Pages 137-142
    3. Javier Ballesteros-Paredes
      Pages 143-155
    4. Ralf S. Klessen
      Pages 165-173
    5. Richard M. Crutcher
      Pages 175-187
    6. Sebastian Wolf, Ralf Launhardt, Thomas Henning
      Pages 189-196
  4. From Cores to Stars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Rafael Rebolo
      Pages 207-209
    3. Matthew R. Bate
      Pages 211-221
    4. Kohji Tomisaka, Masahiro N. Machida, Tomoaki Matsumoto
      Pages 223-230
    5. Mark Wardle
      Pages 231-237
    6. Philippe André, Jeroen Bouwman, Arnaud Belloche, Patrick Hennebelle
      Pages 239-251
    7. V. J. S. Béjar, J. A. Caballero, R. Rebolo, M. R. Zapatero Osorio, D. Barrado Y. Navascués
      Pages 253-260
    8. M. Tafalla, P. C. Myers, R. Caselli, C. M. Walmsley
      Pages 261-268
  5. Accretion Disks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Michel Tagger
      Pages 271-275
    3. John F. Hawley
      Pages 277-288
    4. Anne Dutrey, Stéphane Guilloteau
      Pages 301-312
    5. Pierre Bastien, François Ménard, Patrice Corporon, Nadine Manset, Frédérick Poidevin, Gaspard Duchêne et al.
      Pages 321-327
  6. Jets and Large Scale Outflows

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Jonathan Ferreira, Fabien Casse
      Pages 339-352
    3. Brigitta von Rekowski, Axel Brandenburg, Wolfgang Dobler, Anvar Shukurov
      Pages 353-360
    4. S. Cabrit, D. R. Flower, G. Pineau des Forêts, J. Le Bourlot, C. Ceccarelli
      Pages 361-368
    5. Antonio Chrysostomou, Rachel Curran, David Aitken
      Pages 369-375
    6. Guido Garay, Kate J. Brooks, Diego Mardones, Ray Norris
      Pages 377-383
  7. Interaction Disk-Stellar Magnetosphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. M. Küker, Th. Henning, G. Rüdiger
      Pages 425-433

About this book


Magnetic Fields play a key role in the physics of star formation on all scales: from the formation of the large complexes of molecular clouds to the formation of solar-like planetary systems. The plasma physics involved is non-linear and very complex, which requires the development of large numerical codes. An additional difficulty is that the detection and study of magnetic fields is not easy from an observational point of view, and therefore theoretical models cannot easily be constrained.

In the week from April 21st to 25th in 2003, a meeting was held on the Campus of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) to join theoretical and observational efforts to address these issues. The objective was to define a set of relevant problems for the physics of star formation that can be properly addressed with the current or near-future instruments.

This book summarizes the results of this intensive week of work. The book is written in a comprehensive manner and reviews our current knowledge of the subject. It also represents an updated account of the ideas and thoughts of the scientists working in the field of Star Formation. The contributions are presented in six chapters which correspond to the six fundamental issues (sessions) on which the discussion was focused during the workshop: the physics of turbulence in the Interstellar Medium (ISM), the formation of structure in the ISM, the formation of stars within dense cores of molecular gas, the physics of accretion disks, the physics of outflows and their interaction with the ISM, and the interaction between the stellar magnetosphere and accretion disk.

Each chapter starts with a comprehensive summary written by one of the editors, which includes input from the contributions as well as the editor's own thoughts on the subject. For all these reasons the book is well-suited as a primer to introduce graduate students in the richness of this field of research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • A. I. Gómez de Castro
    • 1
  • M. Heyer
    • 2
  • E. Vázquez-Semadeni
    • 3
  • R. Rebolo
    • 4
  • M. Tagger
    • 5
  • R. E. Pudritz
    • 6
  1. 1.Instituto de Astronomía y Geodesia (CSIC-UCM)Universidad Complutense de MadridSpain
  2. 2.University of MassachussettsAmherstUSA
  3. 3.Centro de Radioastronomía y Astrofísica, UNAMMorelia, MichoacánMexico
  4. 4.Instituto de Astrofísica de CanariasLa Laguna, TenerifeSpain
  5. 5.Service d’Astrophysique, CEA-SaclayGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  6. 6.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6602-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0491-5
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