Fragmentation of star-forming filaments in the X-shaped nebula of the California molecular cloud

  title={Fragmentation of star-forming filaments in the X-shaped nebula of the California molecular cloud},
  author={Guoyin Zhang and Ph. Andre' and A. Menshchikov and Ke Wang},
  journal={arXiv: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics},
Dense molecular filaments are central to the star formation process, but the detailed manner in which they fragment into prestellar cores is not yet well understood. Here, we investigate the fragmentation properties and dynamical state of several star-forming filaments in the X-shape Nebula region of the California MC, in an effort to shed some light on this issue. We used multi-wavelength far-infrared images from Herschel and the getsources and getfilaments extraction methods to identify dense… 

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