A revolution in star cluster research: setting the scene

R. de Grijs
2010 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences  
Star clusters and their stellar populations play a significant role in the context of galaxy evolution, across space (from local to high redshift) and time (from currently forming to fossil remnants). We are now within reach of answering a number of fundamental questions that will have a significant impact on our understanding of key open issues in contemporary astrophysics, ranging from the formation, assembly and evolution of galaxies to the details of the star-formation process. Our improved
more » ... ocess. Our improved understanding of the physics driving star cluster formation and evolution has led to the emergence of crucial new open questions that will most likely be tackled in a systematic way in the next decade.
doi:10.1098/rsta.2009.0253 pmid:20083502 fatcat:fubyyxjhpbcxlkbry2cimv7mcy