INTERSTELLAR TURBULENCE

D. Falceta-Goncalves*

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Abstract

The Interstellar Medium (ISM) is a complex, multi-phase system, where the history of the stars occurs. The processes of birth and death of stars are strongly coupled to the dynamics of the ISM. The observed chaotic and diffusive motions of the gas characterize its turbulent nature. Understanding turbulence is crucial for understanding the star-formation process and the energy-mass feedback from evolved stars. Magnetic fields, threading the ISM, are also observed, making this effort even more difficult. In this work, I briefly review the main observations and the characterization of turbulence from these observable quantities. Following on, I provide a review of the physics of magnetized turbulence. Finally, I will show the main results from theoretical and numerical simulations, which can be used to reconstruct observable quantities, and compare these predictions to the observations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXIII LATIN AMERICAN REGIONAL IAU MEETING
EditorsWJ Henney, S TorresPeimbert
Place of PublicationMEXICO CITY
PublisherUNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA MEXICO INSTITUTO ASTRONOMIA
Pages159-162
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-607-02-2653-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event13th Latin American Regional Meeting of the International Astronomical Union - Morelia, Mexico
Duration: 8 Nov 201012 Nov 2010

Publication series

NameRevista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica-Serie de Conferencias
PublisherUNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA MEXICO INSTITUTO ASTRONOMIA
Volume40
ISSN (Print)1405-2059

Conference

Conference13th Latin American Regional Meeting of the International Astronomical Union
Country/TerritoryMexico
CityMorelia
Period8/11/1012/11/10

Keywords

  • ISM: clouds
  • ISM: kinematics and dynamics
  • methods: numerical
  • MHD
  • stars: formation
  • MOLECULAR CLOUDS
  • DENSITY
  • STATISTICS

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