Measuring The Fractal Structure of Interstellar Clouds

M.G.R Vogelaar*, B.P Wakker, U.J Schwarz

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    To study the structure of interstellar clouds we used the so-called perimeter-area relation to estimate fractal dimensions. We studied the reliability of the method by applying it to artificial fractals and discuss some of the problems and pitfalls. Results for two different cloud types (high-velocity clouds (HVCs) and infrared cirrus) are summarized. We find dimensions 1.2 <D <1.55, somewhat higher than found in previous, similar studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFragmentation of Molecular Clouds and Star Formation
    EditorsE. Falgarone, F. Boulanger, G. Duvert
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-011-3384-5
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7923-1159-1
    Publication statusPublished - 1991

    Publication series

    Name International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale
    ISSN (Print)0074-1809

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