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Paper: Computer Simulations of Star Cluster Formation via Turbulent Fragmentation
Volume: 322, The Formation and Evolution of Massive Young Star Clusters
Page: 289
Authors: Bate, M.R.; Bonnell, I.A.
Abstract: We review recent results from hydrodynamical calculations of the formation of young stellar clusters. The calculations present a highly dynamical picture of star formation where the mass function of stars originates from competitive accretion between protostars and dynamical ejections that halt accretion. Large star clusters form hierarchically; a molecular cloud forms many small clusters that later merge into one large cluster, erasing the initial substructure. Using calculations that resolve fragmentation down to the opacity limit, we examine the implications of dynamical star formation for the origin of the IMF and its dependence on the initial conditions in molecular clouds such as the mean thermal Jeans mass and metallicity.
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