Collapsing cores in the Hierarchical Gravitational Collapse scenario

2018-05-29T04:49:29Z (GMT) by Naranjo-Romero, Raul
We investigate the Hierarchical Gravitational Fragmentation scenario through numerical simulations of the prestellar stages of the collapse of a marginally gravitationally unstable isothermal sphere immersed in a strongly gravitationally unstable, uniform background medium. The solution collapses from the outside-in, naturally explaining the observation of extended infall velocities. The core, defined by the radius at which it merges with the background, has a time-variable mass, and evolves along the locus of the ensemble of observed prestellar cores in a plot of $M/M_{BE}$ vs. $M$, where $M$