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Collisions of supersonic clouds

McLeod, Andrew, Palous, Jan and Whitworth, Anthony Peter 2010. Collisions of supersonic clouds. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union 6 (S270) , pp. 355-358. 10.1017/S1743921311000627

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We present simulations of supersonic collisions between molecular clouds of mass 500 M⊙ and radius 2.24 pc. The simulations are performed with the SEREN SPH code. The code treats the energy equation and the associated transport of heating and cooling radiation. The formation of protostars is captured by introducing sink particles. Low velocity collisions form a shock-compressed layer which fragments to form stars. For high-velocity collisions, υrel ⪆ 5 km s−1, the non-linear thin shell instability strongly disrupts the shock-compressed layer, and may inhibit the formation of stars.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: instabilities; shock waves; ISM:clouds; stars: formation; stars: mass function
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1743-9213
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:29

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