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Multiphase gas in the circumgalactic medium: Relative role of Tcool/TFF and density fluctuations

Choudhury, PP and Sharma, P and Quataert, E (2019) Multiphase gas in the circumgalactic medium: Relative role of Tcool/TFF and density fluctuations. In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 488 (3). pp. 3195-3210.

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We perform a suite of simulations with realistic gravity and thermal balance in shells to quantify the role of the ratio of cooling time to the free-fall time (tcool/tff) and the amplitude of density perturbations (δ�/�) in the production of multiphase gas in the circumgalactic medium (CGM). Previous idealized simulations, focusing on small amplitude perturbations in the intracluster medium (ICM), found that cold gas can condense out of the hot ICM in global thermal balance when the background tcool/tff � 10. Recent observations suggest the presence of cold gas even when the background profiles have somewhat large values of tcool/tff. This partly motivates a better understanding of additional factors such as large density perturbations that can enhance the propensity for cooling and condensation even when the background tcool/tff is high. Such large density contrasts can be seeded by galaxy wakes or dense cosmological filaments. From our simulations, we introduce a condensation curve in the (δ�/�) � min(tcool/tff) space, which defines the threshold for condensation of multiphase gas in the CGM. We show that this condensation curve corresponds to (tcool/tff)blob � 10 applied to the overdense blob instead of the background for which tcool/tff can be higher. We also study the modification in the condensation curve by varying entropy stratification. Steeper (positive) entropy gradients shift the condensation curve to higher amplitudes of perturbations (i.e. make condensation difficult). A constant entropy core, applicable to the CGM in smaller haloes, shows condensation over a larger range of radii as compared to the steeper entropy profiles in the ICM.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Oxford University Press
Keywords: Galaxies: clusters: intracluster mediumGalaxies: haloes
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Joint Astronomy Programme
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 11:19
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2020 11:19
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65140

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