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Author Gholipour, Mahmoud
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY ♦ CLOUDS ♦ DECOMPOSITION ♦ DENSITY ♦ EQUATIONS ♦ EQUILIBRIUM ♦ EVOLUTION ♦ MAGNETIC FIELDS ♦ MASS ♦ STABILITY ♦ STARS ♦ TOROIDAL CONFIGURATION ♦ VIRIAL THEOREM
Abstract Observational studies of the magnetic fields in molecular clouds have significantly improved the theoretical models developed for the structure and evolution of dense clouds and for the star formation process as well. The recent observational analyses on some cores indicate that there is a power-law relationship between magnetic field and density in the molecular clouds. In this study, we consider the stability of spherical cores with a toroidal magnetic field configuration in the molecular clouds. For this purpose, we model a spherical core that is in magnetostatic equilibrium. Herein, we propose an equation of density structure, which is a modified form of the isothermal Lane–Emden equation in the presence of the toroidal magnetic field. The proposed equation describes the effect of the toroidal magnetic field on the cloud structure and the mass cloud. Furthermore, we found an upper limit for this configuration of magnetic field in the molecular clouds. Then, the virial theorem is used to consider the cloud evolution leading to an equation in order to obtain the lower limit of the field strength in the molecular cloud. However, the results show that the field strength of the toroidal configuration has an important effect on the cloud structure, whose upper limit is related to the central density and field gradient. The obtained results address some regions of clouds where the cloud decomposition or star formation can be seen.
ISSN 0004637X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2017-04-01
Publisher Place United States
Journal Astrophysical Journal
Volume Number 838
Issue Number 2


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