From Birth to Death: The Life Cycle of Star Clusters
Rupali Chandar - University of Toledo
There is now evidence that many stars form together in groups and clusters, rather than individually. This means that most stars that we observe in galaxies have, at some point, lived in a star cluster, and that the life cycle of star clusters tells us about the build up of galaxies. I will review our basic picture for the life cycle of star clusters, from their birth in molecular clouds to their dissolution into the (unclustered) field star population within their host galaxy. This picture is motivated by observational studies of the molecular cloud and young cluster populations in a number of nearby galaxies of different types and environments (e.g., dwarf, giant, spiral, irregular, interacting, quiescent). Underlying the apparent diversity and complexity of these cloud and cluster systems, on galaxy scales some intriguing regularities emerge.
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