Triggered star formation

 

Annie Zavagno (OAMP- Marseille)

Deharveng, Anderson, Russeil, Rodon

 

 

I will review the different mechanisms proposed to trigger the formation of stars of all masses. I will then show observational evidence for triggered star formation and show how the new generation of infrared and ubmillimeter surveys of the Galactic Plane can help us to study the importance and efficiency of this phenomenon. I will conclude with a list of open questions and suggest possible future direction for this research field.