(Abridged) Aims. We intend to derive statistical properties of stochastic gas motion inside the dense low mass star forming molecular cores traced by NH3(1,1) and (2,2) emission lines. Methods. We use the spatial two-point autocorrelation (ACF) and structure functions calculated from maps of the radial velocity fields. Results. We find oscillating ACFs which eventually decay to zero with increasing lags on scales of 0.04 <= l <= 0.5 pc. The current paradigm supposes that the star formation process is controlled by the interplay between gravitation and turbulence, the latter preventing molecular cores from a rapid collapse due to their own gravity. Thus, oscillating ACFs may indicate a damping of the developed turbulent flows surrounding the dense but less turbulent core – a transition to dominating gravitational forces and, hence, to gravitational collapse.
S. Levshakov, C. Henkel, D. Reimers, et. al.
Fri, 30 May 14
Comments: 11 pages, 16 figures, 3 tables, to be published in Astronomy and Astrophysics