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Binney & Tremaine 1987, pp. 374–375). Conversely, large rotation (such as indicated by the upper dashed curve) could prevent the inner region from collapsing, but only at the expense of having the interior expand and the edge collapse to an outer ring (Burkert & Hartmann 2004). 2), it is implausible that massive clouds can be stabilized everywhere. In view of the observations indicating that star formation occurs rapidly upon cloud formation, the difficulty of preventing collapse is actually a desirable feature.

It had been suggested that magnetohydrodynamic turbulence might decay much more slowly than pure gasdynamic turbulence (Arons & Max 1975). In particular, Alfv´en waves (see discussion in Shu 1992) can have supersonic motions transverse to the magnetic field direction and yet be non-compressive to first order (and thus less dissipative). However, recent numerical simulations of MHD turbulence (Mac Low et al. 1998; Stone et al. 1998) indicate that the turbulent energy dissipates rapidly, on the order of a crossing time for the particular region involved.

This filament contains non-linear clumps resulting from small initial non-uniformities (basically, sampling an elliptical cloud edge on a square grid), which become highly magnified during the collapse. 28) may yet provide a useful guide to the minimum scales of gravitational collapse. The importance of large-scale gravity acting on geometry for clouds encompassing many initial Jeans masses means that it is difficult to imagine a velocity field which prevents not only local but even global collapse.

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