I was reading Unfolding the Laws of Star Formation: The Density Distribution of Molecular Clouds by Kainulainen et al., which discusses star formation rates and efficiencies.

One variable used is $\varepsilon_{\text{core}}$, the core-to-star efficiency, describing how much gas above the critical value of $s$, the logarithmic mean-normalized density, forms a star.

I'm using this parameter in some calculations, but I'd like to use an average value, as opposed to a value for a given molecular cloud.

What is a typical value for $\varepsilon_{\text{core}}$?


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From this book it seems you can have $\epsilon_{core}$ values raging from ~$30\%$ (a low value) up to $70\%$ (which is more "usual", i.e., requested by theories).

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