The formation of the most massive stars in the present-day universe

by Rolf Kuiper

Postdoc

University of Tübingen
Germany

The image advertises our numerical simulations of the formation of the most massive stars in the present-day universe!
The radiative force of the extremely luminous star launches a large-scale outflow in the bi-polar direction. At the same time, the formation of a circumstellar, opaque disk around the massive proto-star shields the large-scale accretion flow from the strong radiative feedback, allowing to feed the star to its final mass.
The contours depict surface areas of constant gas density.



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