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Institution(s): 1. CEA/ Saclay, 2. Macquarie University, 3. Yale University
The combined feedback of supernova explosions and stellar winds from associations of massive stars has a dramatic impact on their environment: Large amounts of energy coming from the ejecta create dense shocks around the associations, compressing the surrounding ISM and triggering the formation of molecular clouds and new stars. In this work we employ high-resolution, three-dimensional simulations of this process with the MHD code RAMSES to explore the effects of self-gravity and magnetic fields on the structure of the shells. Two superbubbles expand and collide in a turbulent diffuse medium. In the expansion phase rich dense structure appears on the surface of the shocks due to hydrodynamic and hydromagnetic instabilities. Although gravity seems to play a minor role in the formation and evolution of these dense clumps, magnetic fields completely alter both the expansion of the superbubble and the morphology of the dense gas, slowing the expansion down and causing the appearance of large-scale filaments. The collision does not help increase the amount of cold gas, but rather destroys a lot of the pre-existing dense structures. Finally, we compare clouds formed in these simulations with observations of a molecular cloud crushed between two superbubbles.