The JCMT Gould Belt survey: Dense core clusters in Orion B

Kirk, H., Johnstone, D., Francesco, J. Di, Lane, J., Buckle, J., Berry, D. S., Broekhoven-Fiene, H., Currie, M. J., Fich, M. et al (2016) The JCMT Gould Belt survey: Dense core clusters in Orion B. The Astrophysical Journal, 821 (2). p. 98. ISSN 1538-4357

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The James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Gould Belt Legacy Survey obtained SCUBA-2 observations of dense cores within three sub-regions of OrionB: LDN1622, NGC2023/2024, and NGC2068/2071, all of which contain clusters of cores. We present an analysis of the clustering properties of these cores, including the two-point correlation function and Cartwright’s Q parameter. We identify individual clusters of dense cores across all three regions using a minimal spanning tree technique, and find that in each cluster, the most massive cores tend to be centrally located. We also apply the independent M–Σ technique and find a strong correlation between core mass and the local surface density of cores. These two lines of evidence jointly suggest that some amount of mass segregation in clusters has happened already at the dense core stage.

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