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The Origin of Stars and Planetary Systems is a collection of tutorial reviews that critically and systematically discuss the current state of our knowledge of star formation and early stellar evolution, from the genesis of giant molecular clouds to the birth of young stars and their surrounding planetary systems.
The chapters are written at the graduate student level by a group of twenty internationally distinguished scientists. The emphasis is on fundamentals rather than recent research results. The book thus provides a rigorous treatment of the basic empirical and theoretical foundations of modern star formation research. The book is a unique reference, based on the authors' own pioneering research.
Readership: Primary or supplementary text for graduate courses on star formation. Basic reference for professional scientists needing a solid background in the area.
Preface. Participants. Molecular Clouds; L. Blitz, J.P. Williams. The Dynamical Structure and Evolution of Giant Molecular Clouds; C.F. McKee. Physical Conditions in Nearby Molecular Clouds; P.C. Myers. Models and Observations of the Chemistry Near Young Stellar Objects; E.F. Van Dishoeck, M.R. Hogerheijde. The Formation of Low Mass Stars: An Observational Overwiew; C.J. Lada. Low-Mass Star Formation: Theory; F.H. Shu, et al. Bipolar Molecular Outflows; R. Bachiller, M. Tafalla. Herbig-Haro Flows; B. Reipurth, A.C. Raga. Magnetic Fields and Star Formation: A Theory Reaching Adulthood; T.Ch. Moushovias, G.E. Ciolek. The Nature of Young Solar-Type Stars; F. Ménard, C. Bertout. The Evolution of Pre-Main-Sequence Stars; F. Palla. OB Associations; A.G.A. Brown, et al. The Role of Embedded Clusters in Star Formation; E.A. Lada. Multiple Stellar Systems: From Binaries to Clusters; I.A. Bonnell. Massive Star Formation; E. Churchwell. Masers in Star-Forming Regions; N.D. Kylafis, K.G. Pavlakis. Circumstellar Disks; S.V.W. Beckwith. Accretion Disks and Eruptive Phenomena; S.J. Kenyon. The Formation of Planets; S.P. Ruden. Extrasolar Planets: Techniques, Results and the Future; G.W. Marcy, R.P. Butler.