AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 73. Interim Stellar Materials: Gas, Dust and Clouds
Display, Thursday, June 6, 2002, 9:20am-4:00pm, SW Exhibit Hall

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[73.19] Supersonic turbulence and structure of interstellar molecular clouds

P. Padoan (JPL, Caltech), S. Boldyrev (ITP, UCSB), A. Nordlund (Copenhagen Astronomical Observatory and Theoretical Astrophysics Center)

The interstellar medium provides unique laboratory for highly supersonic, driven hydrodynamics turbulence. We present a theory of such turbulence, confirm it by numerical simulations, and use the results to explain observational properties of interstellar molecular clouds, the regions where stars are born.

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