Astrophysics (index)

Dense Core Mass Function

(DCMF, CMF, Core Mass Function)
(function describing range of masses of dense cores)

A Dense Core Mass Function (DCMF, or simply Core Mass Function or CMF) is a mass-style function giving the occurring masses of Dense Cores.

They are analogous to Initial Mass Functions, and it is assumed that DCMFs, be they heuristic or theorized, must have a relation to IMFs. This relation is a topic for further theorizing.

Similarly, a Cloud Mass Function is such a function for Molecular Clouds and a Clump Mass Function is such a function for Clumps of higher density within a cloud but not considered a dense core. The density of the Interstellar Medium is observed to show a fractal nature through a range of Magnitudes, i.e., a Power Law spectrum.