Magnetic fields going with the flow

Far-infrared polarimetric observations reveal the small-scale magnetic field structure within dense gas filaments. Gravity-induced gas flows in filaments supports a scenario in which gravitational collapse and star cluster formation occur even in the presence of relatively strong magnetic fields.

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Fig. 1: A cartoon illustrating the change of relative orientation between the magnetic field and the gas structures in molecular clouds.


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