A Review on IMF Theories

  • R. Cayrel
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 162)


The theories of the IMF are reviewed, starting from those essentially based on stochastic arguments, to those involving more Physics. It is concluded that until there is a fairly well accepted theory for star formation itself, theories of the IMF will remain very fragile.


Star Formation Mass Function Gravitational Collapse Molecular Cloud Stellar Mass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Cayrel
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  1. 1.Observatoire de ParisParisFrance

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