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Molecular Cloud Turbulence and Star Formation

  title={Molecular Cloud Turbulence and Star Formation},
  author={Javier Ballesteros-Paredes and Ralf S. Klessen and Mordecai Mac Low and Enrique V{\'a}zquez-Semadeni},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics},
We review the properties of turbulent molecular clouds (MCs), focusing on the physical processes that influence star formation (SF). MC formation appears to occur during large-scale compression of the diffuse ISM driven by supernovae, magnetorotational instability, or gravitational instability in galactic disks of stars and gas. The compressions generate turbulence that can accelerate molecule production and produce the observed morphology. We then review the properties of MC turbulence… 

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