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Zhang, Chuan-Peng; Li, Guang-Xing (2017): Mass-size scaling M similar to r(1.67) of massive star-forming clumps - evidences of turbulence-regulated gravitational collapse. In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 469, No. 2: pp. 2286-2291
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We study the fragmentation of eight massive clumps using data from ATLASGAL 870 mu m, SCUBA 850 and 450 mu m, PdBI 1.3 and 3.5 mm, and probe the fragmentation from 1 to 0.01 pc scale. We find that the masses and the sizes of our objects follow M similar to r(1.68 +/- 0.05). The results are in agreements with the predictions of Li where M similar to r(5/3). Inside each object, the densest structures seem to be centrally condensed, with rho(r) similar to r(-2). Our observational results support a scenario where molecular gas in the Milky Way is supported by a turbulence characterized by a constant energy dissipation rate, and gas fragments like clumps and cores are structures which are massive enough to be dynamically detached from the ambient medium.