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The modelling of feedback in star formation simulations

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  • 1508.06054

    Accepted author manuscript, 2.13 MB, PDF document

  • James Dale
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-33
Number of pages33
JournalNew Astronomy Reviews
Early online date4 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015


I review the current state of numerical simulations of stellar feedback in the context of star formation at scales ranging from the formation of individual stars to models of galaxy formation including cosmic reionisation. I survey the wealth of algorithms developed recently to solve the radiative transfer problem and to simulate stellar winds, supernovae and protostellar jets. I discuss the results of these simulations with regard to star formation in molecular clouds, the interaction of different feedback mechanisms with each other and with magnetic fields, and in the wider context of galactic- and cosmological-scale simulations.


This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of the following article: James E. Dale, ‘The modelling of feedback in star formation simulations’, New Astronomy Reviews, Vol. 68, pp. 1-33, October 2015. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License ( ), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The final, published version is available online at doi: © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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