Mass distribution of the 26 ALMA cores identified in the NGC 6334 main filament (magenta) compared to a scaled version of the prestellar CMF observed in the Aquila cloud (blue, from Könyves et al. 2015). In both NGC 6334 and Aquila, cores were extracted from the data using the same algorithm getsources. For easier comparison, the Aquila CMF was re-normalized to have a peak value comparable to that of the NGC 6334 CMF. All error bars correspond to counting statistics. The magenta vertical dashed line indicates the estimated 90% completeness level (2.6 M⊙) of our ALMA 3.2 mm census of dense cores in the NGC 6334 filament. The blue vertical dashed line marks the 90% completeness level of the Aquila CMF (0.2 M⊙). (The blue shaded area reflects uncertainties associated with the uncertain classification of starless cores as bound or unbound objects.)
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