Sign on

SAO/NASA ADS Astronomy Abstract Service

· Find Similar Abstracts (with default settings below)
· Full Refereed Journal Article (PDF/Postscript)
· Full Refereed Scanned Article (GIF)
· References in the article
· Citations to the Article (435) (Citation History)
· Refereed Citations to the Article
· SIMBAD Objects (6)
· Also-Read Articles (Reads History)
· Translate This Page
Supershells and propagating star formation
McCray, Richard; Kafatos, Minas
AA(Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, Boulder, CO), AB(George Mason University, Fairfax, VA)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1 (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 317, June 1, 1987, p. 190-196. (ApJ Homepage)
Publication Date:
NASA/STI Keywords:
Interstellar Matter, Star Formation, Stellar Envelopes, Stellar Coronas, Stellar Winds, Supernovae
Bibliographic Code:


Stellar winds and repeated supernovae from an OB association will create a cavity of coronal gas in the interstellar medium, with radius greater than 100 pc, surrounded by a dense, expanding shell of cool interstellar gas. If the association has a typical initial mass function, its supernovae explosions will inject energy into the supershell at a nearly constant rate for about 50 Myr. The supershell loses its interior pressure and enters the snowplow phase when radiative cooling becomes important or when the shell bursts through the gas disk of a galaxy, typically after a few times 10 Myr and with a radius of 100-300 pc. At approximately the same time, the supershell becomes gravitationally unstable, forming giant molecular clouds which are sites for new star formation. There is widespread evidence for supershells in the Galaxy and other spiral and irregular galaxies from 21-cm emission-line surveys, optical emission-line surveys, and studies of supernova remnants. The gravitational instability of the supershells provides a physical mechanism for induced star formation and may account for bursts of star formation, especially in irregular galaxies.

Printing Options

Print whole paper
Print Page(s) through

Return 600 dpi PDF to Acrobat/Browser. Different resolutions (200 or 600 dpi), formats (Postscript, PDF, etc), page sizes (US Letter, European A4, etc), and compression (gzip,compress,none) can be set through the Printing Preferences

More Article Retrieval Options

HELP for Article Retrieval

Bibtex entry for this abstract   Preferred format for this abstract (see Preferences)


Find Similar Abstracts:

Use: Authors
Keywords (in text query field)
Abstract Text
Return: Query Results Return    items starting with number
Query Form
Database: Astronomy
arXiv e-prints