The Kelvin-Helmholtz Interface Instability in the Interstellar Environment. II. Interstellar Cloud Rotation
It is suggested that interstellar clouds may derive their rotation from the vortex flow associated with the nonlinear Kelvin-Helmholtz 'rollup' accompanying shear flows in the interstellar medium. The predicted maximum angular velocity, expressed as a ratio with respect to the galactic background, is 100 R(pc) exp -1/2 for a cloud radius R(pc), and the corresponding specific angular momentum is 3 x 10 to the 23rd R(pc) exp 3/2 sq cm/sec. These predictions nicely match the upper envelope of values reported for rotating clouds. It is concluded that, for those clouds that are rotating, the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability is a viable candidate for providing angular momentum to interstellar material.