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Press Release 10-111

A Star Is Born ... But How?

Columbia researchers reveal the simple, key chemical formula enabling the formation of early stars

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Photo of the apparatus used in the lab to simulate the chemistry of the early universe.

This is the apparatus used by researchers in the lab to simulate the chemistry of the early universe (not your typical telescope).

Credit: Daniel Wolf Savin, Columbia University


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Research Scientist Daniel Wolf Savin of Columbia University's Astrophysics Laboratory describes a new discovery (which is also detailed in the July 2 issue of the journal Science) on the underlying chemical formula and reaction of early star formation the June 30, 2010 Webcast with NSF's Lisa-Joy Zgorski.

Credit: Columbia/National Science Foundation

 

Cover of the July 2, 2010 edition of the journal Science.

This research is detailed in "Experimental Results for H2 Formation from H- and H and Implications for First Star Formation," published in the July 2, 2010 edition of the journal Science.

Credit: Science / AAAS


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