University of Barcelona

Star Formation

Star formation represents a challenge in observational techniques, since it takes place in high-density cores in the molecular clouds of the galaxy, where the very high extinction makes almost impossible the observations in visible or near-infrared wavelengths. The tools to observe the actual process of star formation requires the observation at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths with radio telescopes in the ground, and far- and mid-infrared wavelengths with telescopes on satellites. In adition, since the star formation processes take place in small regions, high-angular resolution observations are necessary to get information on the mechanisms of star formation. [+]

ICCUB Contribution

ICCUB’s main research topic in the field of stellar formation is the detailed investigation of the first stages of stellar evolution in star-forming regions in our Galaxy. ICCUB researchers intend to acquire a perspective as wide as possible by including observations which range from the optical to the radio domain, and integrating the results within complete and self-consistent theoretical models. This double approach, theoretical and observational, is necessary since new breakthroughs in astronomical instrumentation provide data with increasingly better quality and expand the complexity of the observational results and, hence models are required to yield more accurate predictions. [+]

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