Spatial pattern formation of interstellar medium

K. Tainaka, S. Fukazawa, H. Nishimori, M. Yokosawa, S. Mineshige

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Population dynamics of multi-phased interstellar medium (ISM) is investigated by using the lattice model in position-fixed reaction. Interactions between three distinct phases of gas, cold clouds, warm gas, and hot gas give rise to cyclic phase changes in ISM. Such local phase changes are propagated in space, and stochastic steady-state spatial pattern is finally achieved. We obtain the following two characteristic patterns: (1) When the sweeping rate of a warm gas into a cold component is relatively high, cold clouds associated with warm gas form small-scale clumps and are dispersively distributed, whereas hot gas covers large fraction of space. (2) When the sweeping rate is relatively low, in contrast, warm gas and cold clouds are diffusively and equally distributed, while hot gas component is substantially localized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1993

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    Tainaka, K., Fukazawa, S., Nishimori, H., Yokosawa, M., & Mineshige, S. (1993). Spatial pattern formation of interstellar medium. Astrophysics and Space Science, 210(1-2), 117-120.