The structure of molecular clouds - III. A link between cloud structure and star formation mode

Rowles, J. and Froebrich, D. (2011) The structure of molecular clouds - III. A link between cloud structure and star formation mode. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 416 (1). pp. 294-301. ISSN 0035-8711. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.19036.x) (Full text available)

Abstract

We analyse extinction maps of nearby giant molecular clouds to forge a link between driving processes of turbulence and modes of star formation. Our investigation focuses on cloud structure in the column density range above the self-shielding threshold of 1mag AV and below the star formation threshold - the regime in which turbulence is expected to dominate. We identify clouds with shallow mass distributions as cluster forming. Clouds that form stars in a less clustered or isolated mode show a steeper mass distribution. Structure functions prove inadequate to distinguish between clouds of different star formation mode. They may, however, suggest that the turbulence in the average cloud is governed by solenoidal forcing. The same is found using the Î?-variance analysis which also indicates that clouds with a clustered mode of star formation show an enhanced component of compressive driving in the turbulent field. Thus, while star formation occurs in each cloud, independent of the turbulent driving mechanism, compressive forcing appears to be associated with the formation of stellar clusters. © 2011 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2011 RAS.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: LA - English [Field not mapped to EPrints] J2 - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NH, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] DB - Scopus [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Dust, extinction, ISM: clouds, ISM: molecules, Stars: formation
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB460 Astrophysics
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Giles Tarver
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2015 10:04 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015 14:30 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/49563 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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