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The Stellar IMF as a Property of Turbulence

  • Paolo Padoan
  • Åke Nordlund
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 327)

Abstract

We propose to interpret the stellar IMF as a property of the turbulence in the star-forming gas. Gravitationally unstable density enhancements in the turbulent flow collapse and form stars. Their mass distribution can be derived analytically from the power spectrum of the turbulent flow and the isothermal shock jump conditions in the magnetized gas.

Keywords

Mach Number Mass Distribution Initial Mass Function Intermittent Nature Stellar Cluster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paolo Padoan
    • 1
  • Åke Nordlund
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Astronomical Observatory / NBIfAFGCopenhagenDenmark

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