Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 3:15pm
Dr. Stefan Schmeja (Univ. Porto):
"Properties of Embedded Clusters: Models versus Observations"
Abstract. Almost all stars form in clusters. Embedded clusters contain various types of young stars, making them ideally suited to study the early stages of star formation as they provide a large and genetically homogeneous sample. Numerical simulations are now able to predict many properties of embedded clusters, allowing a detailed quantitative comparison between models and observations. In this talk various properties of stellar clusters created by numerical simulations of gravoturbulent fragmentation will be compared to those from observations. This includes the analysis of properties of individual protostars, such as mass accretion rates or evolutionary tracks, as well as of statistical properties of the entire cluster, in particular the cluster structure.