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2013ApJ...774L..31I - Astrophys. J., 774, L31 (2013/September-2)

Formation of massive molecular cloud cores by cloud-cloud collision.


Abstract (from CDS):

Recent observations of molecular clouds around rich massive star clusters including NGC 3603, Westerlund 2, and M20 revealed that the formation of massive stars could be triggered by a cloud-cloud collision. By using three-dimensional, isothermal, magnetohydrodynamics simulations with the effect of self-gravity, we demonstrate that massive, gravitationally unstable, molecular cloud cores are formed behind the strong shock waves induced by cloud-cloud collision. We find that the massive molecular cloud cores have large effective Jeans mass owing to the enhancement of the magnetic field strength by shock compression and turbulence in the compressed layer. Our results predict that massive molecular cloud cores formed by the cloud-cloud collision are filamentary and threaded by magnetic fields perpendicular to the filament.

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Journal keyword(s): instabilities - magnetic fields - shock waves - stars: formation

Errata: erratum vol. 856, art. L40 (2018)

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