The Kinematics of Molecular Outflows

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Session 58 -- Outflows and the Low Mass IMF
Oral presentation, Thursday, January 13, 10:15-11:45, Salon V Room (Crystal Gateway)

[58.03] The Kinematics of Molecular Outflows

S. W. Stahler (UCB)

There is increasing evidence that every molecular outflow represents turbulent cloud material entrained by a central stellar jet. Under this hypothesis, the surfaces of constant velocity within an outflow should spread outward from the jet axis. Using the results of CO observations, I propose an empirical velocity distribution of this character. Outflows with this distribution display the well documented ``acceleration" phenomenon, i.e. , the increase in terminal velocity away from the driving star.

This research was supported primarily by NSF Grant AST-92-96096.

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