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The formation of binary and multiple star systems

Chapman, Simon, Pongracic, Helen, Disney, Michael John, Nelson, Alistair Henderson, Turner, Jacob and Whitworth, Anthony Peter 1992. The formation of binary and multiple star systems. Nature 359 (6392) , pp. 207-210. 10.1038/359207a0

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Numerical simulations of protostars condensing out of turbulent interstellar gas clouds suggest that binary and multiple protostar systems are common. Such systems form from gas which has been strongly compressed and cooled in radiative shocks. Individual protostars result either from thermal fragmentation of extended layers, or from rotational fragmentation induced by accretion; they are much denser than their surroundings, well separated, and therefore likely to survive as separate entities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0028-0836
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2019 21:09

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