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Title:
Effects of magnetic fields and rotation on the fragmentation of filamentary molecular clouds - Comparison of the theory with the Orion A cloud [ Erratum: 1993ApJ...412L..75H ]
Authors:
Hanawa, Tomoyuki; Nakamura, Fumitaka; Matsumoto, Tomoaki; Nakano, Takenori; Tatematsu, Ken'ichi; Umemoto, Tomofumi; Kameya, Osamu; Hirano, Naomi; Hasegawa, Tetsuo; Kaifu, Norio; Yamamoto, Satoshi
Affiliation:
AA(Nagoya Univ., Japan), AB(Nagoya Univ., Japan), AC(Nagoya Univ., Japan), AD(Nobeyama Radio Observatory, Minamimaki, Japan), AE(Nobeyama Radio Observatory, Minamimaki, Japan), AF(Nobeyama Radio Observatory, Minamimaki, Japan), AG(National Astronomical Observatory, Mizusawa, Japan), AH(Hitotsubashi Univ., Kunitachi, Japan), AI(Tokyo Univ., Mitaka, Japan), AJ(National Astronomical Observatory, Mitaka, Japan)
Publication:
Astrophysical Journal, Part 2 - Letters (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 404, no. 2, p. L83-L86. (ApJL Homepage)
Publication Date:
02/1993
Category:
Astrophysics
Origin:
STI
NASA/STI Keywords:
Fragmentation, H Ii Regions, Interstellar Magnetic Fields, Magnetohydrodynamic Stability, Molecular Clouds, Rotation, Carbon Monoxide, Emission Spectra, Line Spectra
DOI:
10.1086/186749
Bibliographic Code:
1993ApJ...404L..83H

Abstract

We discuss the fragmentation of a filamentary molecular cloud on the basis of a magnetohydrodynamical stability analysis and the observations of the Orion A cloud with the Nobeyama 45 m telescope. Our model cloud has axial and helical magnetic fields and rotates around the axis. The dispersion relation for this cloud shows that the presence of a magnetic field and/or rotation shortens the wavelength of the most unstable mode, i.e., the mean distance between the adjacent fragments, measured in units of the filament diameter. We compare the theoretical results with the observed clumpy structure of the filamentary Orion A cloud and find that the sum of magnetic and centrifugal forces in the parent cloud was comparable with the pressure force (thermal and turbulent) and has had significant effects on the fragmentation. The rotation velocity of the filament measured in the (C-13)O emission line is consistent with this result.

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