Fall 2013 Teaching:
ASTR 5740 "The Interstellar Medium and Star Formation"
introduces students to current topics in star formation and the interstellar medium (ISM).
Topics to be discussed include: Phases of the ISM, molecular clouds, interstellar chemistry,
emission and absorption of line and continuum radiation from the various phases of the ISM,
interstellar turbulence, gravitational collapse, fragmentation, and star formation.
the origin of the Initial Mass Function (IMF), stellar feedback including
protostellar outflows and jets, UV heating and ionization, HII regions, stellar winds,
supernovae and supernova remnants, superbubbles and supershells, and the galactic ecology.
Class: Meets MWF 2:00 - 2:50 PM in Duane E126.
Office hours: Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 PM or by appointment.
Course Materials (lectures, homework, solutions)
Research and Outreach:
The insterstellar medium, star formation, feedback and the self-regulation of star formation.
Formation of clusters and massive stars. Protostellar outflows and jets.
Molecular Clouds. Astrobiology. Black-holes and cosmology.
Observations from visual to radio wavelengths. Instrumentation. Major recent projects
Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey
Herschel Galactic Plane Survey (Hi-GAL).
Recent PhD receipients:
Current senior graduate student:
I give popular talks on astronomy and cosmology to the general public and
amateur astronomy groups. Bo Reipurth and I have written a popular
The Birth of Stars and Planets
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