Turbulence Statistics and Chemistry [ADS]
Molecular clouds have, by their very nature, complicated density structures. This complication means comparing observables and physical properties from simulations can be difficult. Therefore, astronomers must rely on calibrated statistics to compare to observed clouds. There are numerous proposed statistics, each of which are sensitive to different physics. It has become clear that synthetic observations must be performed of simulations to properly compare to observations. The image on the top left are synthetic observations of asimulated molecular cloud, showing how the observed spatial structure of the cloud significantly changes through different molecular lenses.