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Triggering star formation: Experimental compression of a foam ball induced by Taylor–Sedov blast waves

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P. Mabey
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S. Pikuz
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S. Ryazantsev
E. Falize
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L. van Box Som
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J. Meinecke
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N. Ozaki
G. Gregori
M. Koenig

Abstract

The interaction between a molecular cloud and an external agent (e.g., a supernova remnant, plasma jet, radiation, or another cloud) is a common phenomenon throughout the Universe and can significantly change the star formation rate within a galaxy. This process leads to fragmentation of the cloud and to its subsequent compression and can, eventually, initiate the gravitational collapse of a stable molecular cloud. It is, however, difficult to study such systems in detail using conventional techniques (numerical simulations and astronomical observations), since complex interactions of flows occur. In this paper, we experimentally investigate the compression of a foam ball by Taylor-Sedov blast waves, as an analog of supernova remnants interacting with a molecular cloud. The formation of a compression wave is observed in the foam ball, indicating the importance of such experiments for understanding how star formation is triggered by external agents.
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hal-03842511 , version 1 (07-11-2022)

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Bruno Albertazzi, P. Mabey, Th H Michel, G. Rigon, J R Marquès, et al.. Triggering star formation: Experimental compression of a foam ball induced by Taylor–Sedov blast waves. Matter and Radiation at Extremes, 2022, 7 (3), pp.036902. ⟨10.1063/5.0068689⟩. ⟨hal-03842511⟩
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