Origin of the initial mass function Lecture 7 supplementary slides


The morphology and kinematics of molecular clouds (MCs) are best explained as the consequence of supersonic turbulence. Supersonic turbulence fragments MCs into dense sheets, filaments, and cores and large low-density ‘‘ voids,’’ via the action of highly radiative shocks. We refer to this process as turbulent fragmentation. In this work we derive the mass… (More)


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