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The density structure and star formation rate of non-isothermal polytropic turbulence

Federrath, Christoph; Banerjee, Supratik


The interstellarmedium of galaxies is governed by supersonic turbulence, which likely controls the star formation rate (SFR) and the initial mass function (IMF). Interstellar turbulence is non-universal, with a wide range of Mach numbers, magnetic fields strengths and driving mechanisms. Although some of these parameterswere explored, most previousworks assumed that the gas is isothermal. However, we know that cold molecular clouds form out of the warm atomic medium, with the gas passing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stv180
Access Rights: Open Access


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