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DESTRUCTION OF INTERSTELLAR CLOUDS BY SHOCK WAVES

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Abstract:

We describe briefly the results of two-dimensional simulations of the interaction between a steady planar shock wave and a non-magnetized interstellar cloud. We address particularly the question of how the efficiency of destruction depends on the initial shape of the cloud. For this purpose we consider two cases: a spherical cloud, and a cloud of equal mass and density but with irregular ('fractal') surface. We argue that the 'fractal' clouds lose their integrity faster than spherical clouds do.

Keywords: Interstellar clouds; Shock waves; Two-dimensional simulations

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1055679031000122558

Affiliations: Department of Physics, Rostov State University, Rostov on Don 334090, Russia

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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