Young Stars at Large Distances from the Galactic Plane: Mechanisms of Formation [chapter]

Christine Allen, T. D. Kinman
2003 Astrophysics and Space Science Library  
We have collected from the literature a list of early-type stars, situated at large distances from the galactic plane, for which evidence of youth seems convincing. We discuss two possible formation mechanisms for these stars: ejection from the plane by dynamical interactions within small clusters, and formation away from the plane, via induced shocks created by spiral density waves. We identify the stars that could be explained by each mechanism. We conclude that the ejection mechanism can
more » ... n mechanism can account for about two thirds of the stars, while a combination of star formation at z = 500-800 pc from the plane and ejection, can account for 90 percent of these stars. Neither mechanism, nor both together, can explain the most extreme examples.
doi:10.1007/978-94-017-0403-8_25 fatcat:ddivfqdnwjeixfbzpfdwrwihxi