The Power Spectrum of Supersonic Turbulence in Perseus

ArticleinThe Astrophysical Journal 653(2) · November 2006with5 Reads
DOI: 10.1086/510620 · Source: arXiv
We test a method of estimating the power spectrum of turbulence in molecular clouds based on the comparison of power spectra of integrated intensity maps and single-velocity-channel maps, suggested by Lazarian and Pogosyan. We use synthetic 13CO data from non-LTE radiative transfer calculations based on density and velocity fields of a simulation of supersonic hydrodynamic turbulence. We find that the method yields the correct power spectrum with good accuracy. We then apply the method to the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory 13CO map of the Perseus region, from the COMPLETE website. We find a power law power spectrum with slope beta=1.81+-0.10. The values of beta as a function of velocity resolution are also confirmed using the lower resolution map of the same region obtained with the AT&T Bell Laboratories antenna. Because of its small uncertainty, this result provides a useful constraint for numerical codes used to simulate molecular cloud turbulence. Comment: 4 pages, 3 figures. ApJ Letters, in press
    • "As new techniques for studying turbulence are being applied to observational data, the evidence of the turbulent nature of astrophysical media becomes really undeniable. For instance, the Velocity Channel Analysis (VCA) and Velocity Coordinate Spectrum (VCS) techniques (Lazarian and Pogosyan, 2000) provided unique insight into the velocity spectra of turbulence in molecular clouds (see Padoan et al, 2006 Padoan et al, , 2010), galactic and extragalactic atomic hydrogen (Stanimirovi´cStanimirovi´c and Lazarian (2001); Chepurnov et al ( , 2015, see also the review by Lazarian (2009) , where a compilation of velocity and density spectra obtained with contemporary HI and CO data is presented). We expect new flow of information on magnetic field spectra to come from the new techniques that treat synchrotron fluctuations (Lazarian and Pogosyan, 2012). "
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