Wednesday 13 Jun 2018: [Seminar] Spatial Statistics in Star Formation
Brendan Retter - University Of Exeter
Physics, 4th Floor 14:00-15:00
Observational studies of star formation are "snapshots" of an ongoing star forming process that produces the distributions of Young Stellar Objects (YSOs) that are observed. Typically, this mechanism produces two populations of YSOs, a clustered population of less evolved YSOs predominantly projected on top of dense molecular gas, and a more dispersed population of older YSOs. Spatial statistics provides an avenue to reduce distributions of points into summary values that can be compared to known and simulated spatial point processes, stochastic processes which generate distributions of events within a region, to gain insight into the mechanism that produces the distributions of YSOs observed today.