Planetary Systems and Star Formation with JWST
Publication date: 31 December 2009
Authors: Rieke, G.H. et al.
Submitted to 'Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey', (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/bpa/BPA_049810), Science White Papers, no. 248
JWST will play a central role, along with other new capabilities such as Herschel, ALMA, and large groundbased telescopes, in advancing our understanding of the four key questions:
- How do interstellar clouds of gas and dust begin their collapse into stars?
- What processes regulate the star formation following this collapse?
- How do planets form in dense disks of gas and dust around young stars?
- What is the subsequent evolution of planetary systems?