Magnetic Fields in Star-Forming Regions: Theoretical Aspects
Author: Galli, Daniele
Source: Astrophysics and Space Science, Volume 295, Numbers 1-2, January 2005 , pp. 43-51(9)
Abstract:We review the basic theoretical elements leading to our current understanding of the role of magnetic fields in the process of star formation. In particular, we concentrate on: (i) the relevance of the mass-to-flux ratio for the stability of molecular clouds; (ii) the consequences of magnetic flux leakage for the evolution of cloud cores; (iii) the phase of anisotropic dynamical collapse following the formation of strongly peaked density distributions; (iv) the mechanism of magnetic braking as a possible solution to the angular momentum problem in star formation.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Inaf-Osservatorio Astrofisico Di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, Firenze, Italy, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: 2005-01-01