specific star formation rate (sSFR)
nerx-e âbize-ye diseš-e setâregân
Fr.: taux de formation d'étoiles spécifique
Star formation rate per unit → mass. More specifically, the → star formation rate in a galaxy divided by the → stellar mass of the galaxy. Observations of galaxies over a wide range of → redshifts suggest that the slope of the SFR-M* relation is about unity, which implies that their sSFR does not depend strongly on stellar mass. Specific star formation rates increase out to z ~ 2 and are constant, or perhaps slowly increasing, from z = 2 out to z = 6, though with a large scatter, sSFR ~ 2-10 Gyr-1 (Lehnert et al., 2015, A&A 577, A112, and references therein).
Fr.: formation d'étoiles
The process by which dense parts of molecular clouds collapse into a ball of plasma to form a star. As a branch of astronomy, star formation includes the study of the interstellar medium and molecular clouds as precursors to the star formation process as well as the study of young stellar objects.
star formation efficiency (SFE)
kârâyi-ye diseš-e setâré
Fr.: efficacité de formation d'étoiles
star formation history
târix-e diseš-e setâré
Fr.: histoire de formation d'étoiles
The → star formation rate as a function of time.
star formation quenching
osereš-e diseš-e setâregân
Fr.: assèchement de formation d'étoiles
The premature termination of star formation process in some galaxies. The ultimate quenching of star formation is caused by stripping of the gas reservoir which will finally turn into stars. A wide variety of mechanisms have been proposed to provide quenching. For example, → major mergers can transform spiral galaxies into ellipticals, and may also quench future star formation by ejecting the → interstellar medium from the galaxy via starburst, → active galactic nucleus, or shock-driven winds. In rich clusters, where merging is less efficient because of the large relative velocities of galaxies, rapid encounters or fly-bys may cause the formation of a bar and growth of a spheroidal component instead of larger scale star formation. Also, cold gas can be stripped out of the galaxy both by tidal forces and ram pressure in the intracluster medium. Similarly, the hot halo that provides future fuel for cooling and star formation may be efficiently stripped in dense environments, thus quenching further star formation (see, e.g., Kimm et al., 2009, MNRAS 394, 1131, arXiv:0810.2794).
star formation rate
nerx-e diseš-e setâré
Fr.: taux de formation d'étoiles
The rate at which a molecular cloud or a galaxy is currently converting gas into stars. It is given by the ratio of the number of stars to the star formation time-scale.
star formation region
nâhiye-ye diseš-e setâré
Fr.: région de formation d'étoiles
star formation time scale
marpel-e zamâni-ye diseš-e setâre
Fr.: échelle de temps de formation d'étoiles
The time necessary for a star to form. It depends inversely on the stellar mass.
kahkešân-e disnade-ye setâré
Fr.: galaxie de formation d'étoiles
nâhiye-ye diseš-e setâré
Fr.: région de formation d'étoiles
A region in which → star formation is going on.
stimulated star formation
diseš-e gavâlide-ye setâré
Fr.: formation stimulée d'étoiles
A process in which a star is not formed spontaneously but is provoked by the action of external forces, such as pressure and shock on a molecular cloud by close-by → massive stars, → supernova explosions, etc. See also → sequential star formation.
stochastic self-propagating star formation
diseš-e setâregân bâ xod-tuceš-e kâturgin
Fr.: formation d'étoiles par auto-propagation stochastique
A mechanism that could be responsible for global → spiral structure in galaxies either by itself or in conjunction with spiral → density waves. In this mechanism, star formation is caused by → supernova-induced → shocks which compress the → interstellar medium. The → massive stars thus formed may, when they explode, induce further → star formation. If conditions are right, the process becomes self-propagating, resulting in agglomerations of young stars and hot gas which are stretched into spiral shaped features by → differential rotation. Merging of small agglomerations into larger ones may then produce large-scale spiral structure over the entire galaxy. The SSPSF model, first suggested by Mueller & Arnett (1976) was developed by Gerola & Seiden (1978). While the → density wave theory postulates that spiral structure is due to a global property of the galaxy, the SSPSF model examines the alternative viewpoint, namely that spiral structure may be induced by more local processes. The two mechanisms are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but they involve very different approaches to the modeling of galaxy evolution. The SSPSF gives a better fit than the density wave theory to the patchy spiral arms found in many spiral galaxies. However, it cannot explain → galactic bars.
Fr.: formation des structures
The study of the processes that gave rise to the apparition of matter concentrations,
such as → superclusters of galaxies,
→ galaxy clusters, and galaxies, in a homogeneous
→ expanding Universe.
Cosmic structures are believed to result from → density fluctuations
that existed in the → early Universe
before radiation and matter decoupled (→ decoupling era
or → recombination era). Initial
→ quantum fluctuations in the → inflaton field
were expanded by → inflation. Inflation amplified
them up to scales that correspond to those of galaxy clusters and beyond.
Generally, a model of structure formation includes three main ingredients: 1) background
cosmology, 2) model for fluctuation generation, and 3) types of
→ dark matter.
To alter the environment of a planet or moon in a → terraforming process in order to make it habitable for life forms.
The hypothetical process of altering the environment (atmosphere, temperature, surface topography, or ecology) of another planet or moon to improve the chances of survival of an indigenous biology or to allow habitation by terrestrial life forms. See also → ecopoiesis.
Verbal noun of → terraform. The term first appeared in a science fiction novel, Seetee Shock (1949) by Jack Williamson, an American science fiction writer; but the actual concept pre-dates this work.
top-down structure formation
diseš-e sâxtâr az bâlâ bé pâyin
Fr.: formation des structures du haut vers le bas
A cosmological model of → structure formation in which larger structures, such as galaxy → superclusters or perhaps even the vast → filaments and → voids, form earlier and then they fragment into smaller structures such as individual galaxies. Opposite of → bottom-up structure formation.
1) tarâdis (#); 2) tarâdisidan (#)
Fr.: 1) transformée, transformation; 2) transformer
1) Math.: A mathematical quantity obtained from a given quantity
by an algebraic, geometric, or functional transformation.
tarâdiseš (#), tarâdis (#)
1) The act or process of transforming. The state of being transformed.
Verbal noun of → transform.
tarâdisgar (#), tarâdisandé (#)
A device that converts low voltages to higher voltages, or vice versa. A transformer consists of a primary coil and a secondary coil, both traversed by the same magnetic flux.
triggered star formation
diseš-e mâše-yi-ye setâré
Fr.: formation d'étoiles déclanchée