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Salpeter function




A mathematical description of the way that newly-formed stars are distributed by mass. Also referred to as the initial mass function, the Salpeter function (the number of stars formed per unit mass range) is proportional to m-2.35, where m is the mass of a star. It is named the Australian American astrophysicist Edwin Salpeter (1924–).


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