Oral Presentation Astronomical Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting including HWWS 2013

Louise Webster Prize  - The connection between star formation and turbulence (#13)

Andy Green 1
  1. Australian Astronomical Observatory, North Ryde, NSW, Australia

This is the story of the discovery of a simple correlation among all star forming galaxies, a correlation which is not unexpected, but which still remains largely unexplained. The discovery itself has answered far fewer questions than it has created. I will describe how we know that star formation and gas turbulence are correlated in galaxies, and why that discovery has enabled a much greater search to understand not only the correlation itself, but also the evolution of star forming galaxies in general.