Jouni Kainulainen, assistant professor at the division of Astronomy and Plasma Physics, the Department of Space, Earth and Environment presents his lecture for promotion to (oavlönad) docent.
Mapping the Large and the Small of Star Formation
Stars are the most fundamental ingredient of our visible Universe. The process of how stars have formed, and still form, from the gas reservoirs of galaxies is among the most important questions in understanding the Universe as we know it. Also our home galaxy—the Milky Way—continuously gives birth to new stars; studying Milky Way’s star formation regions is our best hope to understand the process. In the very heart of these studies is a simple question: How is the star-forming gas distributed?
On the one hand, the gas distribution decides where and when the new stars form. On the other hand, it carries fingerprints of the physics involved in the formation, which enables diagnosing the process. In this docent lecture, I will describe how our research group has made progress in this question by mapping the star-forming gas in the Milky Way across the various size-scales relevant for star formation.
I will also discuss the near-future and the next important steps in addressing the question.
26 January, 2021, 15:00
26 January, 2021, 16:00