Institute of Astronomy

The Theory of Multiple Star Formation

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Simon Goodwin25 July 2016Binary Stars Talks


Many (most?) stars seem to form in high order multiple systems. Simulations seem to show that in a rapid, turbulent model of star formation it is easy to form such systems. The problem is that such systems are messy and chaotic and similar initial conditions can produce very different final results. Then systems can evolve internally and externally changing quite significantly. Therefore we face a difficult observational, theoretical and statistical problem in working out if we basically understand how multiples form, or if we have got it very wrong.