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The interstellar medium: from molecules to star formation

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

S Paron
(Submitted on 6 Mar 2018)

The interstellar medium (ISM) is a very complex medium which contains the matter needed to form stars and planets. The ISM is in permanent interaction with radiation, turbulence, magnetic and gravitational fields, and accelerated particles. Everything that happens in this medium has consequences on the dynamics and evolution of the Galaxy, resulting the link that relates the stellar scale with the galactic one. Thus, the study of the ISM is crucial to advance in the knowledge of stellar and galactic astrophysics. In this article I present a summary of what we know about the physics and chemistry of this medium, giving an special emphasis on star formation, and how the processes related to the stars birth and evolution interrelate with the environment that surrounds them.

Comments:    Invited contribution. To appear in the Boletin de la Asociacion Argentina de Astronomia (BAAA)
Subjects:    Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)
Cite as:    arXiv:1803.02277 [astro-ph.GA] (or arXiv:1803.02277v1 [astro-ph.GA] for this version)
Submission history
From: Sergio Paron
[v1] Tue, 6 Mar 2018 16:11:11 GMT (2284kb,D)
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.02277

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