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Paper: What Is This Thing Called the Schmidt Law?
Volume: 440, UP2010: Have Observations Revealed a Variable Upper End of the Initial Mass Function?
Page: 289
Authors: Madore, B. F.
Abstract: The Schmidt Law has become synonymous with the parameterized rate of star formation in galaxies. We present an overview of the evolution of this idea from its origin in studies of the Milky Way to its application to spatially resolved galaxies, and then its apparent transformation to a global relation. We also look at its evolution from being a fitting formula into a predictive equation, and finally how it has been interpreted and recast in a theoretical context and then also in a computational setting for galaxy evolution modeling.
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