9. The Masses of Stars at Birth May Depend on Environment
- Title: A systematic variation of the stellar initial mass function in early-type galaxies
- Authors: M. Cappellari, R. McDermid, K. Alatalo, et al.
- First Author’s Institution: Sub-department of Astrophysics, Department of Physics, University of Oxford
- Full Astrobite: The IMF is Not Universal
Why it is important: When stars are born, there appear to always be many more low-mass stars than massive stars. However, if this ratio or ‘Initial Mass Function‘ (IMF) varies, it can change the way more extreme systems like high-redshift galaxies evolve.