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Observational Assessment of Stellar Feedback in Star-Forming Regions
April 6, 201511:00 am – 12:00 pm (CDT)

Observational Assessment of Stellar Feedback in Star-Forming Regions


Laura Lopez (CfA)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

Stellar feedback has a profound influence in many astrophysical phenomena, yet it is often cited as one of the biggest uncertainties in star and galaxy formation models today. This uncertainty stems from a dearth of observational constraints as well as the great dynamic range between the small scales (<1 pc) over which feedback occurs and the large scales (>1 kpc) on which galaxies are shaped by that feedback. In this talk, Dr. Lopez will show how multi-wavelength observations can be used to overcome these challenges to assess the role of many stellar feedback mechanisms, including radiation, stellar winds, supernovae, and cosmic rays. She will present results from the application of these approaches to a variety of sources and discuss the implications regarding the dynamics of star-forming regions and the launching of galactic winds. Finally, Dr. Lopez will highlight the exciting prospects of using current and upcoming facilities to explore feedback in diverse conditions

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