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The Aquila prestellar core population revealed by Herschel

Könyves, V. and Ali, B. (2010) The Aquila prestellar core population revealed by Herschel. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 518 . L106. ISSN 0004-6361.

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The origin and possible universality of the stellar initial mass function (IMF) is a major issue in astrophysics. One of the main objectives of the Herschel Gould Belt Survey is to clarify the link between the prestellar core mass function (CMF) and the IMF. We present and discuss the core mass function derived from Herschel data for the large population of prestellar cores discovered with SPIRE and PACS in the Aquila rift cloud complex at d ~ 260 pc. We detect a total of 541 starless cores in the entire ~11 deg^2 area of the field imaged at 70–500 μm with SPIRE/PACS. Most of these cores appear to be gravitationally bound, and thus prestellar in nature. Our Herschel results confirm that the shape of the prestellar CMF resembles the stellar IMF, with much higher quality statistics than earlier submillimeter continuum ground-based surveys.

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Additional Information:© 2010 ESO. Received 31 March 2010; Accepted 2 May 2010; Published online 16 July 2010. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA. PACS has been developed by a consortium of institutes led by MPE (Germany) and including UVIE (Austria); KUL, CSL, IMEC (Belgium); CEA, OAMP (France); MPIA (Germany); IFSI, OAP/AOT, OAA/CAISMI, LENS, SISSA (Italy); IAC (Spain). This development has been supported by the funding agencies BMVIT (Austria), ESA-PRODEX (Belgium), CEA/CNES (France), DLR (Germany), ASI (Italy), and CICT/MCT (Spain). SPIRE has been developed by a consortium of institutes led by Cardiff Univ. (UK) and including Univ. Lethbridge (Canada); NAOC (China); CEA, LAM (France); IFSI, Univ. Padua (Italy); IAC (Spain); Stockholm Observatory (Sweden); Imperial College London, RAL, UCL-MSSL, UKATC, Univ. Sussex (UK); Caltech, JPL, NHSC, Univ. Colorado (USA). This development has been supported by national funding agencies: CSA (Canada); NAOC (China); CEA, CNES, CNRS (France); ASI (Italy); MCINN (Spain); SNSB (Sweden); STFC (UK); and NASA (USA). V.K. acknowledges support from the "CONSTELLATION" EC FP6 Marie Curie Research Training Network (MRTN-CT-2006-035890).
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Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT) (Austria)UNSPECIFIED
European Space Agency-PROgramme for the Development of scientific EXperiments (ESA-PRODEX) (Belgium)UNSPECIFIED
Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique/Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CEA/CNES)UNSPECIFIED
Deutschland für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) (Germany)UNSPECIFIED
Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) (Italy)UNSPECIFIED
Canadian Space Agency (CSA) (Canada)UNSPECIFIED
National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) (China)UNSPECIFIED
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) (France)UNSPECIFIED
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MCINN) (Spain)UNSPECIFIED
Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) (Sweden)UNSPECIFIED
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)UNSPECIFIED
Marie Curie Research Training NetworkMRTN-CT-2006-035890
Subject Keywords:ISM: individual objects: Aquila rift complex; stars: formation
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Official Citation:The Aquila prestellar core population revealed by Herschel V. Könyves, Ph. André, A. Men'shchikov, N. Schneider, D. Arzoumanian, S. Bontemps, M. Attard, F. Motte, P. Didelon, A. Maury, A. Abergel, B. Ali, J.-P. Baluteau, J.-Ph. Bernard, L. Cambrésy, P. Cox, J. Di Francesco, A. M. di Giorgio, M. J. Griffin, P. Hargrave, M. Huang, J. Kirk, J. Z. Li, P. Martin, V. Minier, S. Molinari, G. Olofsson, S. Pezzuto, D. Russeil, H. Roussel, P. Saraceno, M. Sauvage, B. Sibthorpe, L. Spinoglio, L. Testi, D. Ward-Thompson, G. White, C. D. Wilson, A. Woodcraft and A. Zavagno A&A 518 L106 (2010) DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201014689
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Deposited By: Jason Perez
Deposited On:18 Nov 2010 21:20
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