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Physics of Star Formation and Its Regulation

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Project "PhysSF" data sheet

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city: Munich
postcode: 80539

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙495˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙495˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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 Project objective

In the past decade we learned when and where stellar mass was built up in galaxies through cosmic time, now we must understand the physical causes in order to answer `How do galaxies form and evolve?’. This ERC project is designed to greatly advance our understanding of the physics of the star formation (SF) process and its regulation in typical star forming galaxies. The ERC project consists of 2 complementary parts: (A) an unparalleled characterization of the SF process in nearby galaxies through full exploitation of the revolutionary capabilities of the latest millimeter interferometers (ALMA) and optical integral field units (MUSE). This study will constrain the key physical parameters for the SF process on only 50pc scales - the scale of large HII regions and their predecessors, giant molecular clouds. At this crucial scale, the MUSE-ALMA-HST Survey will provide a characterization of the SF history, stellar/gaseous surface densities, metallicities of stars and gas, the stellar radiation field, extinction, and stellar/gas kinematics, and thus uncover the physical conditions that control and regulate the SF process. Part (B) will place the results of part (A) in a cosmological context, by characterizing key galaxy quantities (e.g., gas mass fraction, specific SF rates, gas depletion times) in fully representative galaxy samples after (z<3) and before (z>3) the peak epoch of cosmic star formation density. In addition to providing the critically needed constraints on the conditions that govern the SF process, this ERC project will provide the observational benchmark for state-of-the art galaxy simulations and models. The PI is internationally recognized as a leader in SF studies in nearby and distant galaxies, and has successfully led large international collaborations that strongly shaped our current understanding of the SF process. Through her track record and access to the required data, the PI is uniquely positioned to successful lead this ambitious program.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 O. Miettinen, I. Delvecchio, V. Smolčić, M. Aravena, D. Brisbin, A. Karim, B. Magnelli, M. Novak, E. Schinnerer, M. Albrecht, H. Aussel, F. Bertoldi, P. L. Capak, C. M. Casey, C. C. Hayward, O. Ilbert, H. T. Intema, C. Jiang, O. Le Fèvre, H. J. McCracken, A. M. Muñoz Arancibia, F. Navarrete, N. D. Padilla, D. A. Riechers, M. Salvato, K. S. Scott, K. Sheth, L. A. M. Tasca
An ALMA survey of submillimetre galaxies in the COSMOS field: Physical properties derived from energy balance spectral energy distribution modelling
published pages: A17, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201730762
Astronomy & Astrophysics 606 2019-06-13
2017 O. Miettinen, M. Novak, V. Smolčić, I. Delvecchio, M. Aravena, D. Brisbin, A. Karim, E. J. Murphy, E. Schinnerer, M. Albrecht, H. Aussel, F. Bertoldi, P. L. Capak, C. M. Casey, F. Civano, C. C. Hayward, N. Herrera Ruiz, O. Ilbert, C. Jiang, C. Laigle, O. Le Fèvre, B. Magnelli, S. Marchesi, H. J. McCracken, E. Middelberg, A. M. Muñoz Arancibia, F. Navarrete, N. D. Padilla, D. A. Riechers, M. Salvato, K. S. Scott, K. Sheth, L. A. M. Tasca, M. Bondi, G. Zamorani
An ALMA survey of submillimetre galaxies in the COSMOS field: The extent of the radio-emitting region revealed by 3 GHz imaging with the Very Large Array
published pages: A54, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201730443
Astronomy & Astrophysics 602 2019-06-13
2018 Sharon E. Meidt, Adam K. Leroy, Erik Rosolowsky, J. M. Diederik Kruijssen, Eva Schinnerer, Andreas Schruba, Jerome Pety, Guillermo Blanc, Frank Bigiel, Melanie Chevance, Annie Hughes, Miguel Querejeta, Antonio Usero
A Model for the Onset of Self-gravitation and Star Formation in Molecular Gas Governed by Galactic Forces. I. Cloud-scale Gas Motions
published pages: 100, ISSN: 0004-637X, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaa290
The Astrophysical Journal 854/2 2019-06-13
2018 D Cormier, F Bigiel, M J Jiménez-Donaire, A K Leroy, M Gallagher, A Usero, K Sandstrom, A Bolatto, A Hughes, C Kramer, M R Krumholz, D S Meier, E J Murphy, J Pety, E Rosolowsky, E Schinnerer, A Schruba, K Sliwa, F Walter
Full-disc 13CO(1–0) mapping across nearby galaxies of the EMPIRE survey and the CO-to-H2 conversion factor
published pages: 3909-3933, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty059
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 475/3 2019-06-13
2017 I-Ting Ho, Mark Seibert, Sharon E. Meidt, Rolf-Peter Kudritzki, Chiaki Kobayashi, Brent A. Groves, Lisa J. Kewley, Barry F. Madore, Jeffrey A. Rich, Eva Schinnerer, Joshua D’Agostino, Henry Poetrodjojo
The Chemical Evolution Carousel of Spiral Galaxies: Azimuthal Variations of Oxygen Abundance in NGC1365
published pages: 39, ISSN: 0004-637X, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa8460
The Astrophysical Journal 846/1 2019-06-13
2017 Adam K. Leroy, Eva Schinnerer, Annie Hughes, J. M. Diederik Kruijssen, Sharon Meidt, Andreas Schruba, Jiayi Sun, Frank Bigiel, Gonzalo Aniano, Guillermo A. Blanc, Alberto Bolatto, Mélanie Chevance, Dario Colombo, Molly Gallagher, Santiago Garcia-Burillo, Carsten Kramer, Miguel Querejeta, Jerome Pety, Todd A. Thompson, Antonio Usero
Cloud-scale ISM Structure and Star Formation in M51
published pages: 71, ISSN: 0004-637X, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aa7fef
The Astrophysical Journal 846/1 2019-06-13
2017 E. Daddi, S. Jin, V. Strazzullo, M. T. Sargent, T. Wang, C. Ferrari, E. Schinnerer, V. Smolčić, A. Calabró, R. Coogan, J. Delhaize, I. Delvecchio, D. Elbaz, R. Gobat, Q. Gu, D. Liu, M. Novak, F. Valentino
Radio Selection of the Most Distant Galaxy Clusters
published pages: L31, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aa8808
The Astrophysical Journal 846/2 2019-06-13
2017 Y. Fudamoto, P. A. Oesch, E. Schinnerer, B. Groves, A. Karim, B. Magnelli, M. T. Sargent, P. Cassata, P. Lang, D. Liu, O. Le Fèvre, S. Leslie, V. Smolčić, L. Tasca
The dust attenuation of star-forming galaxies at z ∼ 3 and beyond: New insights from ALMA observations
published pages: 483-490, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx1948
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 472/1 2019-06-13
2018 K. Kreckel, C. Faesi, J. M. D. Kruijssen, A. Schruba, B. Groves, A. K. Leroy, F. Bigiel, G. A. Blanc, M. Chevance, C. Herrera, A. Hughes, R. McElroy, J. Pety, M. Querejeta, E. Rosolowsky, E. Schinnerer, J. Sun, A. Usero, D. Utomo
A 50 pc Scale View of Star Formation Efficiency across NGC 628
published pages: L21, ISSN: 0004-637X, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aad77d
The Astrophysical Journal 863/2 2019-06-07
2018 S. K. Leslie, M. T. Sargent, E. Schinnerer, B. Groves, A. van der Wel, G. Zamorani, Y. Fudamoto, P. Lang, V. Smolčić
Probing star formation and ISM properties using galaxy disk inclination
published pages: A7, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201732255
Astronomy & Astrophysics 615 2019-06-07
2018 Molly J. Gallagher, Adam K. Leroy, Frank Bigiel, Diane Cormier, María J. Jiménez-Donaire, Annie Hughes, Jérôme Pety, Eva Schinnerer, Jiayi Sun, Antonio Usero, Dyas Utomo, Alberto Bolatto, Mélanie Chevance, Chris Faesi, Simon C. O. Glover, Amanda A. Kepley, J. M. Diederik Kruijssen, Mark R. Krumholz, Sharon E. Meidt, David S. Meier, Eric Murphy, Miguel Querejeta, Erik Rosolowsky, Toshiki Saito, Andreas Schruba
Do Spectroscopic Dense Gas Fractions Track Molecular Cloud Surface Densities?
published pages: L38, ISSN: 0004-637X, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aaf16a
The Astrophysical Journal 868/2 2019-06-07
2019 M. Querejeta, E. Schinnerer, A. Schruba, E. Murphy, S. Meidt, A. Usero, A. K. Leroy, J. Pety, F. Bigiel, M. Chevance, C. M. Faesi, M. Gallagher, S. García-Burillo, S. C. O. Glover, A. P. S. Hygate, M. J. Jiménez-Donaire, J. M. D. Kruijssen, E. Momjian, E. Rosolowsky, D. Utomo
Dense gas is not enough: environmental variations in the star formation efficiency of dense molecular gas at 100 pc scales in M 51
published pages: A19, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201834915
Astronomy & Astrophysics 625 2019-06-06

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