How to Build a Really Big Star

737755main_pia16881-43_946-710-335Dr. Alana Rivera-Ingraham explains how massive stars form in a study published in April’s issue of The Astrophysical Journal. “This observation may lift the veil on the formation of the most massive stars which remains, so far, poorly understood,” says Rivera-Ingraham, who led the study while she was a graduate student at U of T under Peter Martin at CITA. Rivera-Ingraham is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie in Toulouse, France.

Herschel Observations of the W3 GMC: Clues to the Formation of Clusters of High-Mass Stars
A. Rivera-Ingraham, P. G. Martin, D. Polychroni, et al.  (Q. Nguyen Luong)
The Astrophysical Journal Volume 766 Number 2 (March 13, 2013)
arxiv:1301.3805

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