The Labyrinth of Star Formation pp 417-418
An 80 pc Long Massive Molecular Filament in the Galactic Mid-Plane
The ubiquity of filaments in star forming regions on a range of scales is clear, yet their role in the star formation process remains in question. We suggest that there are distinct classes of filaments which are responsible for their observed diversity in star-forming regions. An example of a massive molecular filament in the Galactic mid-plane formed at the intersection of UV-driven bubbles which displays a coherent velocity structure (< 4 km s−1) over 80 pc is presented. We classify such sources as Massive Molecular Filaments (MMFs; M \(\geq \) 104M⊙, length \(\geq \) 10 pc, \(\bigtriangleup \) v ≤ 5 km s−1) and suggest that MMFs are just one of the many different classes of filaments discussed in the literature today. Many MMFs are aligned with the Galactic Plane and may be akin to the dark dust lanes seen in Grand Design Spirals.