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New Perspectives on Star Formation and Protostellar Outflows. A Talk in 3 Acts

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The role of outflows in global star formation processes has become hotly debated even as fundamental questions about the nature of these outflows continues to receive attention. In this talk I discuss both problems and new approaches to their resolution. Astrophysical outflows have always been a subject at the forefront of the numerical technologies and in the first act of the talk I introduce AstroBEAR, a new Adaptive Mesh Refinement MHD tool developed at Rochester for the study of star formation outflow issues. The question of \'feedback\', the mechanisms by which protostellar outflows can drive turbulence in either clouds or clusters, is then addressed via AstroBEAR simulations. In these studies we seek to understand the detailed mechanisms by which outflows can return energy to their environment and, perhaps, drive turbulent motions. Finally we turn to the MHD processes involved with the outflows themselves and focus on a new tool, High Energy Density Laboratory experiments. I will present results from a campaign of experiments carried out at Imperial Collage in London which directly address issues of magnetically dominated radiative outflows and jets.