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Star formation via interaction of shocks with molecular clouds

Pongracic, H., Chapman, J., Disney, Michael John, Nelsoni, A. H., Turner, J. and Whitworth, Anthony Peter 1994. Star formation via interaction of shocks with molecular clouds. Presented at: Proceedings of the First UNAM-CRAY Supercomputing Workshop, 'Numerical Simulations in Astrophysics: Modelling the Dynamics of the Universe' held in, Mexico City, Mexico, 26-30 July 1993. Numerical simulations in astrophysics : proceedings of the first UNAM-CRAY supercomputing workshop, Numerical Simulations in Astrophysics : Modelling the Dynamics of the Universe held in Mexico City, México, July 26-30, 1993. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 316-327.

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One mechanism whereby regions of molecular clouds can become locally unstable to collapse and form stars is shock compression. Here the authors investigate the compression arising from a shock (from a supernova remnant for example) overrunning a molecular cloud and determine under what conditions it becomes locally unstable to gravitational collapse. Preliminary results from 3-D hydrodynamic simulations (using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and Tree Code Gravity) are presented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521462389
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2017 20:21

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