The birth of stars and planets

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

How are stars and planets formed? The question is critical to understanding the evolution of the universe. I will address 4 questions: Does turbulence determine the mass of stars? How do magnetic fields in the star formation process change the mass distribution of stars? Can we model the formation of stars on the scale of observed stellar nurseries in the Milky Way? and: What are the starting ingredients for planet formation? I will achieve this by performing the world's largest and most detailed supercomputer simulations of star cluster formation, while developing new algorithms and simulation methods for fluid dynamics, building collaborations across 6 countries and publicly releasing a major simulation code.
Effective start/end date1/01/1431/12/20


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$347,075.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$208,245.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$20,736.75
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$72,473.25