are an essential ingredient in the formation process of low-mass stars such as our Sun.
These are of particular interest as the mechanisms which lead to the formation and decay of the circumstellar discs
, which produce the characteristic emission lines, are poorly understood.
These observations and computer simulations help us to better understand the timescales for star formation, how single stars and star clusters originate, the distribution of stellar masses, and the circumstellar discs
in which planets form," Bate said.
Formation of Stars and Planets: Protostars, Circumstellar Discs
and Extrasolar Planetary Systems