From darkness to light – the emergence of star clusters from molecular clouds
Dr. James Dale
(Universitäts-Sternwarte München, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)
Dienstag/Tuesday, 2015-11-24 14:00 c.t., Raum EW-114
Eugene-Paul-Wigner Gebäude, Hardenbergstr. 36, 10623 Berlin
The most important stage of a star cluster’s life is that in which it emerges from the molecular cloud in which it formed, and becomes optically visible. Over a short timescale, residual gas is expelled from the cluster, the remains of the cloud are dispersed, star formation is terminated, and the embedded stellar population, previously visible only in the infrared, becomes optically bright. I will present numerical simulations of this complex process, compare them with the latest observational results and discuss the implications of the current state of this field for the global star formation process.