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Title: Magnetic Field Structure in Monoceros R2
Authors: Jarrett, T.H.
Novak, G.
Xie, T.
Goldsmith, P.F.
Issue Date: 1993
Citation: Astrophysical Journal
Abstract: For some time now it has been suspected that magnetic fields play a major role in determining the mass spectrum of stars formed in molecular clouds. Theoretical models of protostellar evolution in a quiescent environment invoke magnetic fields as one form of cloud support and one which has a decisive effect on the minimum stellar mass formed (cf. Shu, Adams and Lizano 1987; Shu et al. 1988). The magnetic field also might act as an angular momentum dampening mechanism---a vital requirement for gravitational collapse and subsequent star formation (Gillis, Mestel and Paris 1974; Mouschovias 1978). Empirical evidence of the contribution of magnetic fields to the total energetics of molecular clouds comes from analysis of Zeeman splitting of OH absorption and thermal emission lines originating from dense (n greater than 10^4 cm^(-3)) cloud cores (Myers and Goodman 1988; Heiles et al. 1991, and references therein)...
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