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2011ApJ...735...56E - Astrophys. J., 735, 56 (2011/July-1)

A law for star formation in galaxies.


Abstract (from CDS):

We study the galactic-scale triggering of star formation. We find that the largest mass scale not stabilized by rotation, a well-defined quantity in a rotating system and with clear dynamical meaning, strongly correlates with the star formation rate in a wide range of galaxies. We find that this relation can be understood in terms of self-regulation toward marginal Toomre stability and the amount of turbulence allowed to sustain the system in this self-regulated quasi-stationary state. We test such an interpretation by computing the predicted star formation rates for a galactic interstellar medium characterized by a lognormal probability distribution function and find good agreement with the observed relation.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: formation - galaxies: ISM - galaxies: star formation - instabilities

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