CfA Colloquium: February 27, 2003

Speaker: Daniela Calzetti (STScI)

Title: Do We Have a Recipe for Star Formation?

Abstract: A key ingredient for understanding the evolution of the light-emitting structures in the Universe is a recipe for star formation. However, this recipe is not in our hands yet. I review some of the open issues that need to be fully tackled to understand star formation. These include the feedback of star formation onto the surrounding environment and the presence/absence of multiple modes of star formation. I will also highlight the importance of unraveling the characteristics of dust absorption and emission in galaxies for the purpose of calibrating star formation in the nearby and distant Universe.

Reference for students:
Tremonti et al. 2001, ApJ, 555, 322