Parker, RJ and Wright, NJ ORCID: 0000-0002-8389-8711 (2018) Evolution of spatio-kinematic structures in star-forming regions: are Friends of Friends worth knowing? Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 481 (2). pp. 1679-1689. ISSN 1365-2966

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Abstract

The Friends of Friends algorithm identifies groups of objects with similar spatial and kinematic properties, and has recently been used extensively to quantify the distributions of gas and stars in young star-forming regions. We apply the Friends of Friends algorithm to $N$-body simulations of the dynamical evolution of subvirial (collapsing) and supervirial (expanding) star-forming regions. We find that the algorithm picks out a wide range of groups (1 -- 25) for statistically identical initial conditions, and cannot distinguish between subvirial and supervirial regions in that we obtain similar mode and median values for the number of groups it identifies. We find no correlation between the number of groups identified initially and either the initial or subsequent spatial and kinematic tracers of the regions' evolution, such as the amount of spatial substructure, dynamical mass segregation, or velocity dispersion. We therefore urge caution in using the Friends of Friends algorithm to quantify the initial conditions of star formation.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Oxford University Press at http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty2372 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB460 Astrophysics
Q Science > QB Astronomy > QB799 Stars
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 10:10
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2018 10:10
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5548

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