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Paper: Fragmentation in High-Mass Star Forming Regions
Volume: 476, New Trends in Radio Astronomy in the ALMA Era
Page: 315
Authors: Rodón, J. A.; Beuther, H.; Schilke, P.; Zhang, Q.
Abstract: In the last decade, we have started to spatially resolve the relatively small gas and dust condensations in high-mass star-forming regions that will eventually become a massive star or system. We call these condensations of sizes on the order of 0.01 pc “cores”, and by estimating their masses we can construct the so-called Core Mass Function (CMF) of a region, to compare with the IMF and try to determine the evolutionary process from core to star. For massive star-forming regions, the relationship between the CMF and the IMF is not yet well understood. This is, among other factors, due to the fact that there are not many massive CMF determined. Even then, some of those few CMF seem to tell a story of evolution, by presenting different slopes than that of the Salpeter IMF while others, seem to be very similar to the IMF. In this work we show CMFs obtained for a group of massive star-forming regions with SMA and PdBI observations. These CMFs show different slopes, and we explain the possible significance this has on the evolution of the cores.
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