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Paper: Pre-Stellar Cores and Infrared Dark Clouds
Volume: 476, New Trends in Radio Astronomy in the ALMA Era
Page: 169
Authors: Caselli, P.
Abstract: Pre-stellar cores represent the initial conditions in the process of star formation. Thus, their study is important to put constraints on theory and understand the pathways toward molecular complexity. Here, physical and chemical processes, based on observations and simple modelling of pre-stellar cores in nearby low-mass star forming regions, are reviewed. Infrared Dark Clouds (IRDCs) host the seeds of high-mass star formation and stellar clusters. Pre-stellar cores in IRDCs are in higher pressure environments than those embedded in low-mass star forming regions. Similarities and differences between IRDCs and low-mass star forming regions are highlighted.
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