Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 19–30 | Cite as

Effects of suprathermal grains

  • S. P. Tarafdar
  • N. C. Wickramasinghe


Grains ejected from stars at velocities of ∼ 107 cm s−1 and/or grains accelerated by the pressure of starlight in the intercloud medium to velocities in the range 2×106–107 cm s−1 are slowed to velocities of about 2×105 cm s−1 in a typical interstellar cloud. The interaction of fast grains with gas atoms as they are slowed in clouds could provide (a) the dominant heat source for interstellar clouds; (b) sites for molecule formation; and (c) a mechanism of providing a pressure balance between clouds and the intercloud medium.


Heat Source Pressure Balance Interstellar Cloud Molecule Formation Intercloud Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. P. Tarafdar
    • 1
  • N. C. Wickramasinghe
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Applied Mathematics and AstronomyUniversity CollegeCardiffWales, U.K.

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