initial mass function


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initial mass function

(IMF) See stellar mass.

initial mass function

[i′nish·əl ′mas ‚fəŋk·shən]
(astronomy)
The distribution of the masses of stars at the time of their formation.
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A long-standing puzzle about the process of star formation was the distribution of the masses of the stars that it produced, a distribution known as the initial mass function.
Thus, the problem had been pushed back a level: the shape of the initial mass function appeared to directly mimic the shape of the mass distribution of the prestellar cores.

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