AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 93. Star Formation II
Poster, Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[93.01] Hypersonic Swizzle Sticks: Interacting YSO Jets

A. Frank, A. Cunningham, A. Powers, A. Poludnenko (University of Rochester)

We present the first results of 3-D hydrodynamic simulations of interacting radiative jets. The goal of the project is to explore the efficiency with which jet momentum and energy can be transferred to the ambient medium when multiple jets interact through collisions.

In our simulations we explore the interaction of two heavy jet flows oriented at 90 degrees to each other and colliding with different impact parameters. The ambient medium has a constant density and zero velocity field. Preliminary results show that direct collisions produce a spray of debris in the form a secondary jet. The primary and secondary flows effect a large portion of the computational domain. Larger impact parameter collisions do not appear to drive a considerable effect on the global jet flows.

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