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Unraveling the initial conditions of star formation in Serpens North

Duarte-Cabral, Ana, Peretto, Nicolas, Fuller, Gary A. and Dobbs, Clare L. 2012. Unraveling the initial conditions of star formation in Serpens North. Presented at: Joint European and National Astronomical Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 9-10 September 2010. Published in: Moitinho, André and Alves, João eds. Star Clusters in the Era of Large Surveys: Proceedings of Symposium 5 of JENAM 2010. Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings Berlin: Springer, pp. 139-146. 10.1007/978-3-642-22113-2_20

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The Serpens North Cluster is a nearby low mass star forming region which is part of the Gould Belt. It contains a range of young stars thought to correspond to two different bursts of star formation and so provides the opportunity to study different stages of cluster formation. Here we present recent results based on a detailed analysis of molecular line and dust continuum data of this region. By studying the dynamics, column density and dust temperature structure of Serpens we propose that a cloud-cloud collision has been responsible for the trigger of the most recent episode of star formation. This scenario has been explored using SPH simulations. These simulations are able to successfully explain the similarities and differences observed in the two sub-protoclusters composing Serpens North.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783642221132
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:05

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