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2010ApJ...723L...7K - Astrophys. J., 723, L7-L12 (2010/November-1)

How many infrared dark clouds can form massive stars and clusters?


Abstract (from CDS):

We present a new assessment of the ability of Infrared Dark Clouds (IRDCs) to form massive stars and clusters. This is done by comparison with an empirical mass-size threshold for massive star formation (MSF). We establish m(r)>870 M(r/pc)1.33 as a novel approximate MSF limit, based on clouds with and without MSF. Many IRDCs, if not most, fall short of this threshold. Without significant evolution, such clouds are unlikely MSF candidates. This provides a first quantitative assessment of the small number of IRDCs evolving toward MSF. IRDCs below this limit might still form stars and clusters of up to intermediate mass, though (like, e.g., the Ophiuchus and Perseus Molecular Clouds). Nevertheless, a major fraction of the mass contained in IRDCs might reside in few 102 clouds sustaining MSF.

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Journal keyword(s): ISM: clouds - methods: data analysis - stars: formation

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