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The production of magnetically dominated star-forming regions

Lim, A.J., Falle, S.A.E.G. and Hartquist, T.W. (2005) The production of magnetically dominated star-forming regions. The Astrophysical Journal, 632 (2). L91-L94. ISSN 0004-637X

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We consider the dynamical evolution of an interstellar cloud that is initially in thermal equilibrium in the warm phase and is then subjected to a sudden increase in the pressure of its surroundings. We find that if the initial plasma β of the cloud is of order unity, then there is a considerable period during which the material in the cloud both has a small β and is in the thermally unstable temperature range.

These conditions are not only consistent with observations of star-forming regions but also ideally suited to the production of density inhomogeneities by magnetohydrodynamic waves. The end result should be a cloud whose size and average density are typical of Giant Molecular Clouds (GMCs) and that contains denser regions whose densities are in the range inferred for the translucent clumps in GMCs.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 The American Astronomical Society
Keywords: MHD
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences (Leeds) > School of Physics and Astronomy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences (Leeds) > School of Mathematics (Leeds) > Applied Mathematics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 18:44
Published Version: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issue...
Status: Published
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1264

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