Clumpiness in molecular clouds and statistics of embedded sources

F. Comerón, J. Torra, G. H. Rieke

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Statistical studies of stellar populations embedded in molecular clouds are affected by several potential biases. In this paper we use a simple model of a clumpy molecular cloud to evaluate how star counts, from which volume densities are derived, can be altered by background source contamination and by an incorrect evaluation of the sampled volume in a magnitude limited survey, due to the dumpiness of the embedding cloud.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-572
Number of pages8
JournalAstronomy and astrophysics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 10 1996


  • ISM: clouds; extinction
  • Methods: statistical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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