Molecular Clouds: Observation to Experiment
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- Kane, J.O., Mizuta, A., Pound, M.W. et al. Astrophys Space Sci (2005) 298: 261. doi:10.1007/s10509-005-3944-y
Our ongoing investigation of how ‘Pillars’ and other structure form in molecular clouds irradiated by ultraviolet (UV) stars has revealed that the Rayleigh–Taylor instability is strongly suppressed by recombination in the photoevaporated outflow, that clumps and filaments may be key, that the evolution of structure is well-modeled by compressible hydrodynamics, and that directionality of the UV radiation may have significant effects. We discuss a generic, flexible set of laboratory experiments that can test these results.
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