The mass function

  • I. Neill Reid
  • Suzanne L. Hawley
Part of the Astronomy and Planetary Sciences book series (PRAXIS)


The number of stars per unit mass — the stellar mass function — describes how a molecular cloud redistributes its material to form stars. This parameter is also a necessary ingredient for determining the mass distribution and the total stellar mass in star clusters and external galaxies. It is therefore fundamental to both star-formation theory and Galactic structure.


Star Formation Mass Function Cluster Member Stellar Mass Luminosity Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Neill Reid
    • 1
  • Suzanne L. Hawley
    • 2
  1. 1.Formerly of Edinburgh UniversityEdinburghScotland
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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