The mass function of dense molecular cores and the origin of the IMF

@inproceedings{Alves2007TheMF,
  title={The mass function of dense molecular cores and the origin of the IMF},
  author={Jo{\~a}o Alves and Matteo Lombardi and Charles Joseph Lada},
  year={2007}
}
Context. Stars form in the cold dense cores of interstellar molecular clouds and the detailed knowledge of the spectrum of masses of such cores is clearly a key for the understanding of the origin of the IMF. To date, observations have presented somewhat contradictory evidence relating to this issue. Aims. In this paper we propose to derive the mass function of a complete sample of dense molecular cores in a single cloud employing a robust method that uses uses extinction of background… CONTINUE READING

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