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2001ApJ...551..852H - Astrophys. J., 551, 852-866 (2001/April-3)

The equilibrium state of molecular regions in the outer Galaxy.

HEYER M.H., CARPENTER J.M. and SNELL R.L.

Abstract (from CDS):

A summary of global properties and an evaluation of the equilibrium state of molecular regions in the outer Galaxy are presented from the decomposition of the FCRAO Outer Galaxy Survey and targeted 12CO and 13CO observations of four giant molecular cloud complexes. The ensemble of identified objects includes both small, isolated clouds and clumps within larger cloud complexes. The 12CO luminosity function and size distribution of a subsample of objects with well-defined distances are determined such that ΔN/ΔLCO=3x104L–1.80±0.03CO and ΔN/Δre=1.7x104r–3.2±0.1e. 12CO velocity dispersions show little variation with cloud sizes for radii less than 10 pc. It is demonstrated that the internal motions of regions with MCO=XCOLCO>104 M are bound by self-gravity, yet the constituent clumps of cloud complexes and isolated molecular clouds with MCO<103 M are not in self-gravitational equilibrium. The required external pressures to maintain the equilibrium of this population are (1-2)x104 cm–3 K.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: Kinematics and Dynamics - Galaxy: Structure - ISM: Clouds - ISM: General - ISM: Kinematics and Dynamics - ISM: Molecules

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/ApJ/551/852): table1.dat>

Nomenclature: Catalog: [HCS2001] NNNNN (Nos 1-10156).

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