The role of magnetic fields in star formation

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Star formation is one of the most fundamental processes in the universe, without which galaxies, planets and indeed ourselves would not exist. However when magnetic fields are incorporated into computer models of star formation, problems arise with forming discs (crucial for making planets) and binary stars. We will address these problems by a better treatment of magnetic gas dynamics, incorporating the effects of finite conductivity and slippage of magnetic field lines. Using Australian supercomputers, this will allow us to perform the world's most advanced calculations of the star formation process, enabling us to test various aspects of star formation theory.
Effective start/end date4/01/1030/05/13


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD285,000.00
  • Monash University