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Understanding star formation in molecular clouds I. effects of line-of-sight contamination on the column density structure

Schneider, N.; Ossenkopf, V.; Csengeri, T.; Klessen, R.; Federrath, C.; Tremblin, P.; Girichidis, P.; Bontemps, S.; André, Ph.


Column-density maps of molecular clouds are one of the most important observables in the context of molecular cloud- and star-formation (SF) studies. With the Herschel satellite it is now possible to determine the column density from dust emission. We use observations and simulations to demonstrate how LOS contamination affects the column density probability distribution function (PDF). We apply a first-order approximation (removing a constant level) to the molecular clouds of Auriga,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014-03-13
Type: Journal article
Source: Astronomy and Astrophysics
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201423569


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