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The Supershell-Molecular Cloud Connection in the Milky Way and Beyond

  • J. R. Dawson (a1), N. M. McClure-Griffiths (a2), Y. Fukui (a3), J. Dickey (a1), T. Wong (a4), A. Hughes (a5) and A. Kawamura (a6)...

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The role of large-scale stellar feedback in the formation of molecular clouds has been investigated observationally by examining the relationship between Hi and 12CO(J = 1−0) in supershells. Detailed parsec-resolution case studies of two Milky Way supershells demonstrate an enhanced level of molecularisation over both objects, and hence provide the first quantitative observational evidence of increased molecular cloud production in volumes of space affected by supershell activity. Recent results on supergiant shells in the LMC suggest that while they do indeed help to organise the ISM into over-dense structures, their global contribution to molecular cloud formation is of the order of only ∼ 10%.

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The Supershell-Molecular Cloud Connection in the Milky Way and Beyond

  • J. R. Dawson (a1), N. M. McClure-Griffiths (a2), Y. Fukui (a3), J. Dickey (a1), T. Wong (a4), A. Hughes (a5) and A. Kawamura (a6)...

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