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Supergiant shells and molecular cloud formation in the large magellanic cloud


Dawson, JR and McClure-Griffiths, NM and Wong, T and Dickey, JM and Hughes, A and Fukui, Y and Kawamura, A, Supergiant shells and molecular cloud formation in the large magellanic cloud, Astrophysical Journal, 763, (1) Article 56. ISSN 0004-637X (2013) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2013 The American Astronomical Society

DOI: doi:10.1088/0004-637X/763/1/56


We investigate the influence of large-scale stellar feedback on the formation of molecular clouds in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Examining the relationship between H I and 12CO(J = 1-0) in supergiant shells (SGSs), we find that the molecular fraction in the total volume occupied by SGSs is not enhanced with respect to the rest of the LMC disk. However, the majority of objects (~70% by mass) are more molecular than their local surroundings, implying that the presence of a supergiant shell does on average have a positive effect on the molecular gas fraction. Averaged over the full SGS sample, our results suggest that ~12%-25% of the molecular mass in supergiant shell systems was formed as a direct result of the stellar feedback that created the shells. This corresponds to ~4%-11% of the total molecular mass of the galaxy. These figures are an approximate lower limit to the total contribution of stellar feedback to molecular cloud formation in the LMC, and constitute one of the first quantitative measurements of feedback-triggered molecular cloud formation in a galactic system.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:evolution; galaxies: ISM; ISM: bubbles; ISM: molecules; Magellanic Clouds
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Galactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Dawson, JR (Dr Joanne Dawson)
UTAS Author:Dickey, JM (Professor John Dickey)
ID Code:84555
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:43
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2013-05-20
Last Modified:2017-11-30
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