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25 February 2011

The Delay of Population III Star Formation by Supersonic Streaming Velocities

Greif, Thomas; White, Simon; Klessen, Ralf; Springel, Volker

The authors take into account the streaming velocities between gas and dark matter in their simulations, and present results on how this affects the virialization of minihaloes and hence the star formation rate of Pop III stars.

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