A self-similar view of massive star formation

T. Lery*

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Despite their important luminosity, massive stars keep unveiled most of their formation mainly because they are deeply embedded within their native cloud. This difficulty is accentuated by their small number and by their larger distances compared to low mass stars. This explains why models for the various stages of their formation are still in their infancy. We briefly present here the initial conditions and the most common models for the formation of massive stars. Also, we focus onto a family of self-similar models that allow accretion and out-flows around massive protostars. Finally, we try to sketch the temporal evolution of massive star formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-95
Number of pages15
JournalEAS Publications Series
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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