Turbulence in a Self-gravitating Molecular Cloud Core

Siyao Xu, Alex Lazarian
2020 Astrophysical Journal  
Externally driven interstellar turbulence plays an important role in shaping the density structure in molecular clouds. Here we study the dynamical role of internally driven turbulence in a self-gravitating molecular cloud core. Depending on the initial conditions and evolutionary stages, we find that a self-gravitating core in the presence of gravity-driven turbulence can undergo constant, decelerated, and accelerated infall, and thus has various radial velocity profiles. In the
more » ... ed central region, a higher level of turbulence results in a lower infall velocity, a higher density, and a lower mass accretion rate. As an important implication of this study, efficient reconnection diffusion of magnetic fields against the gravitational drag naturally occurs due to the gravity-driven turbulence, without invoking externally driven turbulence.
doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab6e63 fatcat:duzot6exrzbxpli2qwlgrk5xsu