In astronomy, the Kennicutt–Schmidt Law (or simply Schmidt Law) is an empirical relation between the gas density and star formation rate (SFR) in a given region. The relation was first examined by Maarten Schmidt in a 1959 paper in which he proposed that the SFR surface density scales as some positive power of the local gas surface density. i.e. . In general the SFR surface density is in units of solar masses per year per square parsec and the gas surface density in grams per square parsec .

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  • In astronomy, the Kennicutt–Schmidt Law (or simply Schmidt Law) is an empirical relation between the gas density and star formation rate (SFR) in a given region. The relation was first examined by Maarten Schmidt in a 1959 paper in which he proposed that the SFR surface density scales as some positive power of the local gas surface density. i.e. . In general the SFR surface density is in units of solar masses per year per square parsec and the gas surface density in grams per square parsec . Using an analysis of gaseous helium and young stars in the solar neighborhood, the local density of white dwarfs and their luminosity function, and the local helium density, Schmidt suggested a value of (and very likely between 1 and 3). All of the data used were gathered from the Milky Way, and specifically the solar-neighborhood. More recently, Robert Kennicutt examined the connection between gas density and SFR for nearly 100 nearby galaxies to estimate a value of . (en)
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  • In astronomy, the Kennicutt–Schmidt Law (or simply Schmidt Law) is an empirical relation between the gas density and star formation rate (SFR) in a given region. The relation was first examined by Maarten Schmidt in a 1959 paper in which he proposed that the SFR surface density scales as some positive power of the local gas surface density. i.e. . In general the SFR surface density is in units of solar masses per year per square parsec and the gas surface density in grams per square parsec . (en)
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  • Schmidt-Kennicutt-Gesetz (de)
  • Kennicutt–Schmidt law (en)
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