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A Theory on the Slope of the IMF

  • H. Zinnecker (a1)

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Molecular clouds are clumpy, and the mass spectrum (dN/dM) of clumps scales with the clump mass M to the -1.5 power, as determined from CO observations of molecular clouds (Blitz 1988, Stutzki et al. 1989). The basic idea is to translate the mass spectrum of clumps into a mass spectrum of stars (that are assumed to form from these clumps) by virtue of a clump-star (i.e. initial-final) mass relation.

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