A Decade of the Star-Forming Main Sequence

4 - 8 September 2017

Venue: Lorentz Center@Oort

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Description and Aim

An unexpected tight correlation between the star-formation rate and stellar mass of star-forming galaxies was discovered roughly a decade ago. This correlation has since been observed to exist over most of the cosmic history and has become known as the star-forming main sequence (MS). Studies of the MS have revealed that star-formation activity in the majority of galaxies is governed by quasi-steady processes and the bulk of stellar mass is assembled in a continuous and gradual fashion.

This workshop is the first-ever meeting solely dedicated to the topic of the MS. We aim to review the main observational and theoretical studies over the past decade, identify causes of observational inconsistencies and biases, explore the main scientific and technical challenges in constraining galaxy evolution processes from interactions between observers and theorists, and outline future directions both in terms of new observations needed and new development in theory.


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