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2000ApJ...541..831C - Astrophys. J., 541, 831-840 (2000/October-1)

Embedded, self-gravitating equilibria in sheetlike and filamentary molecular clouds.


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Numerical solutions of the isothermal Lane-Emden equation corresponding to self-gravitating gaseous cores embedded within a finite density envelope of overall cylindrical symmetry are presented. These structures may be members of a fragmentation hierarchy proceeding from sheets to filaments to elongated, prolate clumps. The embedded solutions are the first of their kind and, as such, represent a significant improvement on the isolated cloud paradigm used almost exclusively by previous authors. The properties of the equilibria are in reasonable agreement with observations of dense molecular cores in star-forming clouds, despite the fact that there is only one free parameter in the models. We show that this parameter may be identified with the critical wavelength for instability in the parent filament. The implications of further fragmentation and the possible influence of magnetic fields are discussed briefly.

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Journal keyword(s): Hydrodynamics - Instabilities - ISM: Clouds - ISM: Structure - Stars: Formation

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