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2003A&A...401..193D - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 401, 193-196 (2003/4-1)

Fractal structure of the Horsehead nebula (B 33).


Abstract (from CDS):

Analysis of the CCD image of the Horsehead nebula (B 33), taken in the H α (6561Å) using the 2.34m Vainu Bappu Telescope (VBT) at Kavalur, India, is performed to test its fractal structure. Ten sample readings of the box dimension of this image were taken using a fractal analysis software, giving an average value of 1.6965725. The sample dimensions were found to be different from the topological dimension of one. Importantly, the box dimension of B 33 was not found to be significantly different from that of the Julia set (box dimension 1.679594) with c=-0.745429+0.113008i. This provides compelling evidence to show that the structure of the Horsehead nebula is not only fractal, but also that its geometry can be described by the Julia function f(z)=z2+c, where both z and c are complex numbers.

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Journal keyword(s): ISM: clouds - ISM: general

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