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Interstellar Turbulence and Star Formation

by Alexei G. Kritsuk, Sergey D. Ustyugov, Michael L. Norman
Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union ()
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Abstract

We provide a brief overview of recent advances and outstanding issues in simulations of interstellar turbulence, including isothermal models for interior structure of molecular clouds and larger-scale multiphase models designed to simulate the formation of molecular clouds. We show how self-organization in highly compressible magnetized turbulence in the multiphase ISM can be exploited in simple numerical models to generate realistic initial conditions for star formation.

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