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Understanding star formation in molecular clouds: II. Signatures of gravitational collapse of IRDCs

Schneider, N; Csengeri, T.; Klessen, Ralf S.; Tremblin, P.; Ossenkopf, Volker; Peretto, N; Simon, R; Bontemps, S.; Federrath, Christoph


We analyse column density and temperature maps derived from Herschel dust continuum observations of a sample of prominent, massive infrared dark clouds (IRDCs) i.e. G11.11-0.12, G18.82-0.28, G28.37+0.07, and G28.53-0.25. We disentangle the velocity structure of the clouds using 13CO 1→0 and 12CO 3→2 data, showing that these IRDCs are the densest regions in massive giant molecular clouds (GMCs) and not isolated features. The probability distribution function (PDF) of column densities for all...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Astronomy and Astrophysics
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201424375
Access Rights: Open Access


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