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Structure of Molecular Clouds

  • Edith Falgarone
  • Pierre Hily-Blant
  • François Levrier
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Abstract

This review, far from exhaustive, focuses on the specific properties of molecular clouds in their least condensed phase Emphasis is placed on their connection with the diffuse medium, their multi-fractal characteristics and the diversity of their small-scale structure, where cold and dense gas may coexist with dilute and warm gas. Stuctures of essentially pure velocity origin are uncovered and seen as a possible signature of the intermittency of turbulence dissipation.

Keywords

molecular clouds turbulence fractals intermittency magnetic fields 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edith Falgarone
    • 1
  • Pierre Hily-Blant
    • 1
  • François Levrier
    • 1
  1. 1.LERMA/LRA—Ecole Normale Supérieure & Observatoire de ParisFrance

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