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Author Nestingen-Palm, David ♦ Stanimirović, Snežana ♦ González-Casanova, Diego F. ♦ Babler, Brian ♦ Jameson, Katherine ♦ Bolatto, Alberto
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY ♦ COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION ♦ DENSITY ♦ FEEDBACK ♦ HYDROGEN ♦ MAGELLANIC CLOUDS ♦ MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS ♦ RESOLUTION ♦ STARS ♦ STRUCTURE FUNCTIONS ♦ SURFACES ♦ TURBULENCE ♦ VELOCITY
Abstract We investigate spatial variations of turbulent properties in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) by using neutral hydrogen (H i) observations. With the goal of testing the importance of stellar feedback on H i turbulence, we define central and outer SMC regions based on the star formation rate (SFR) surface density, as well as the H i integrated intensity. We use the structure function and the velocity channel analysis to calculate the power-law index ( γ ) for both underlying density and velocity fields in these regions. In all cases, our results show essentially no difference in γ between the central and outer regions. This suggests that H i turbulent properties are surprisingly homogeneous across the SMC when probed at a resolution of 30 pc. Contrary to recent suggestions from numerical simulations, we do not find a significant change in γ due to stellar feedback as traced by the SFR surface density. This could be due to the stellar feedback being widespread over the whole of the SMC, but more likely due to a large-scale gravitational driving of turbulence. We show that the lack of difference between central and outer SMC regions cannot be explained by the high optical depth H I.
ISSN 0004637X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2017-08-10
Publisher Place United States
Journal Astrophysical Journal
Volume Number 845
Issue Number 1


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