OSSF14

Welcome to the homepage for OSSF14! The meeting was held from Monday 26th to Friday 30th May 2014 at the five-star Mediterranean Village Hotel & Spa, on the subject of observational and computational star formation emphasizing the interaction of the interstellar medium with ultraviolet radiation and the associate triggered star formation.

The meeting was divided into different scientific sessions covering the topics of:

  1. Structure and evolution of ionized nebulae
  2. Feedback and modes for triggering star formation
  3. Photodissociation regions and their relation to star formation
  4. Role of heating and cooling processes in the clouds evolution
  5. Role of turbulence and magnetic fields in small and large scale star formation
  6. Initial conditions of molecular clouds and star formation
  7. The comparison of observed and simulated data cubes

Rationale

The Elephant Trunk in Ha, OIII, SII The Elephant Trunk. Image by Kallias Ioannidis (OFA)

During the past decade, significant efforts have been made to investigate the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium and the associated star formation. Theoretical studies, advanced numerical models and observations have led to great insights into the life cycle of the interstellar medium. However, they also generated a plethora of interesting but thus far unanswered questions.

The aim of the conference is to bring together both the theoretical and observational scientific communities to address the most recent advances in our knowledge of the evolution of the interstellar medium and the associated star formation. Our discussion will include the physics and chemistry of ionized nebulae; the role of feedback, turbulence and magnetic fields; the structure of photodissociation regions; the role of heating and cooling processes in regulating star formation; the interplay between MHD turbulence, self-gravity, time-dependent chemistry, and the external (and internal) radiation field; the comparison of observed and simulated data cubes.

Invited speakers

Contact: OSSF14 (ossf14@star.ucl.ac.uk)