Competitive accretion and the IMF

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Competitive accretion occurs when stars in a cluster accrete from a shared reservoir of gas. The competition arises due to the relative attraction of stars as a function of their mass and location in the cluster. The low relative motions of the stars and gas in young, gas dominated clusters results in a tidal limit to the accretion whereas in the stellar dominated cluster cores, the high relative velocities results in Bondi-Hoyle accretion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Initial Mass Function 50 years later
EditorsEdvige Corbelli, Francesco Palla, Hans Zinnecker
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4020-3407-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-3406-0
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameAstrophysics and Space Science Library
ISSN (Print)0067-0057


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