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Paper: ALMA Reveals Internal Structure of Molecular Clouds in the LMC
Volume: 499, Revolution in Astronomy with ALMA: The Third Year
Page: 253
Authors: Sawada, T.; Hasegawa, T.; Koda, J.
Abstract: We carried out high-resolution (0.7 pc) CO J=1–0 mosaic observations of five giant molecular clouds, which cover a wide range of evolutionary stages based on their associations to recent star formation, in the Large Magellanic Cloud with ALMA. The observations revealed a variety of spatial structures of the gas, from faint and diffuse emission to bright and compact structures. The variation of structures, which is similar to that seen in the Milky Way, is quantified by the brightness distribution function (BDF) and brightness distribution index (BDI) established in our prior studies. The structured molecular gas may indicate the readiness for, rather than the outcome of, star formation.
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