Herbig-Haro Flows and the Birth of Low Mass Stars

Herbig-Haro Flows and the Birth of Low Mass Stars : Proceedings of the 182nd Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, Held in Chamonix, France 20-26 January 1997

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In addition to being fascinating astrophysical laboratories in their own right, Herbig-Haro flows have in recent years emerged as key phenomena in our attempts to understand the complex and violent processes that govern the birth of low mass stars. This work provides an overview of the major advances which the study of Herbig-Haro jets has enjoyed since 1995. On the observational side, Hubble Space Telescope images have revealed the intricate details of the shock structures in these supersonic flows, millimetre interferometry and infrared imaging can now probe the detailed structure of the molecular component of deeply embedded jets, and sub-millimetre and radio continuum maps now enable us to study the near environment of the optically invisible driving sources of jets. On the theoretical side, detailed numerical and analytical magnetohydrodynamic models have reached a level of sophistication that allows realistic comparison with observations and insights into the jet formation mechanisms.
Similarly detailed observational and theoretical studies of the disks and winds of T Tauri stars are now gradually being linked to the Herbig-Haro flows, providing a first glimpse of how stars can be born by both accreting and ejecting infalling material.
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  • Hardback | 620 pages
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • 96 SW-Abb.
  • 0792346602
  • 9780792346609

Table of contents

Herbig-Haro objects; H2 flows and radio jets; the physics and chemistry of molecular outflows; theoretical models; disks, winds and magnetic fields; low- and high-mass protostars and their environment. List of participants. List of poster papers.
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