Through the Looking Glass: Matching Observational Diagnostics with Simulations of Star Formation

Date: Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Time: 03:45 PM
Location: 227 Gallalee Hall Gallalee Hall
Cost: No charge 

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Dr. Stella Offner, a post-doctoral Fellow at Yale University, will give a colloquium titled, "Through the Looking Glass: Matching Observational Diagnostics with Simulations of Star Formation" on Wednesday, November 7 at 3:45 p.m. in Room 227 of Gallalee Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the department of physics and astronomy.


Forming stars are difficult to observe directly because they are deeply embedded in dust and gas. To better understand the star formation process and explore key physics, investigators perform large-scale, physically detailed numerical simulations. However, many different simulations that include many different inputs can reproduce a fundamental observational result: the initial mass function of stars. In this talk, Offner will discuss how she performs and post-processes simulations to compare directly with observational metrics such as gas linewidths and protostellar kinematics. Offner will reflect on what this implies about current simulations and about the nature of star formation.

Contact Info: Karen Lynn, (205) 348-5050,Website,

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