Observations of Fragmentation

  • Hans Zinnecker
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 162)


Observations of fragmentations are discussed, with a view towards star forming molecular clouds. After a brief outline of the motivation and the methods, we give a quick guide to the literature on the subject. We mention molecular line studies, dust continuum studies, and the impact of recent near-infrared images of embedded star clusters. We conclude with some remarks on how the observed clump mass spectrum in molecular clouds may relate to the mass spectrum of stars that form from these clumps.


Star Formation Massive Star Molecular Cloud Luminosity Function Initial Mass Function 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Zinnecker
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  1. 1.Institut für extraterrestrische PhysikMax Planck Institut für Physik und AstrophysikGarchingGermany

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