Friday, September 25, 2009

Interesting Astrophysics: Sep 21 to Sep 25

A interesting week. Of particular note: Radio observation of young SNe/SNRs in Arp 299 (NGC 3690+IC 694) by Ulvestad and also Perez-Torres et al; empirical measures of gas consumption in galaxies by Bauermeister et al versus simulated gas accretion by Kereš et al (which makes galaxies too massive); YACRDWM (yet another cosmic ray driven wind model), this time by Samui et al; and estimates of the delay time for prompt Type Ia supernovae (Raskin et al)


Galaxies and Starbursts

Radio Emission from Young Supernovae and Supernova Remnants in Arp 299
James S. Ulvestad, arXiv:0909.3534 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: Astronomical Journal, in press, December 2009 issue

Arp 299 = NGC 3690 + IC 694. Finds 30 point-like radio sources in the two nuclei. Also gives estimated sizes of the two regions where the young SNe/SNRs are found.

An extremely prolific supernova factory in the buried nucleus of the starburst galaxy IC 694
M.A. Perez-Torres, C. Romero-Canizales, A. Alberdi, A. Polatidis, arXiv:0909.3959 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: Under revision by A&A, 6 pages, 2 figures

Makes a number of rather strong claims...

The Gas Consumption History to z ~ 4

Amber Bauermeister, Leo Blitz, Chung-Pei Ma, arXiv:0909.3840 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 10 pages, 6 figures. Submitted to ApJ

UV Continuum Slope and Dust Obscuration from z~6 to z~2: The Star Formation Rate Density at High Redshift
R.J. Bouwens, G.D. Illingworth, M. Franx, R-R. Chary, G.R. Meurer, C.J. Conselice, H. Ford, M. Giavalisco, P. van Dokkum, arXiv:0909.4074 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 30 pages, 15 figures, 7 tables, accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal

HI kinematics and dynamics of Messier 31
Laurent Chemin, Claude Carignan, Tyler Foster, arXiv:0909.3846 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: Accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal, 22 pages, 17 figures. For a higher resolution version of the article, see this http URL

Low Resolution Spectral Templates For AGNs and Galaxies From 0.03 -- 30 microns
R.J. Assef, C.S. Kochanek, M. Brodwin, R. Cool, W. Forman, A.H. Gonzalez, R.C. Hickox, C. Jones, E. Le Floc'h, J. Moustakas, S.S. Murray, D. Stern, arXiv:0909.3849 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: Submitted to The Astrophysical Journal. 23 text pages + 3 tables + 18 figures. Fortran codes, templates and electronic tables available at this http URL

Cosmic ray driven outflows from high redshift galaxies
Saumyadip Samui, Kandaswamy Subramanian, Raghunathan Srianand, arXiv:0909.3854 [pdf, other]
Comments: 14 pages, 7 figures, Submitted to MNRAS

As with all CR-driven models this relies on assuming that supernovae losing the vast majority (~90%) of their initial kinetic energy in order for the energy associated with CRs to then be significant in the remaining total. This may apply to quiescently star forming galaxies, but its a bad assumption for actively star forming galaxies.


Black Holes and AGN

Title: Characterising the Far-infrared Properties of Distant X-ray Detected AGNs: Evidence for Evolution in the Infrared--X-ray Luminosity Ratio
J. R. Mullaney, D. M. Alexander, M. Huynh, A. D. Goulding, D. Frayer, arXiv:0909.3842 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 20 pages, 11 figures, MNRAS accepted


Theoretical Cosmology

Galaxies in a simulated ΛCDM universe - II. Observable properties and constraints on feedback
Kereš, Dušan; Katz, Neal; Davé, Romeel; Fardal, Mark; Weinberg, David H., 2009, MNRAS, 396, 2332
Full Text: HTML, PDF (1885k)

In short they find that the over-cooling problem remains, and existing (simplistic) feedback recipes do NOT fix it.

Galaxies in a simulated ΛCDM Universe - I. Cold mode and hot cores
Kereš, Dušan; Katz, Neal; Fardal, Mark; Davé, Romeel; Weinberg, David H., 2009, MNRAS, 395, 160
Full Text: HTML, PDF (44390k)

Updated version of the older stuff on the relative strengths of cold mode and hot mode accretion onto galaxies and how accretion rates onto galaxies relate to the simulated star formation rates. NB: The end up with 3 times too many baryons in galaxies, so should we still believe that accretion is being handled correctly?

The Modelling of Feedback Processes in Cosmological Simulations of Disk Galaxy Formation
Franziska Piontek, Matthias Steinmetz, arXiv:0909.4167 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 21 pages, 27 figures, submitted to MNRAS


Stars, Supernovae and Planets

Discovery of Strong Radiative Recombination Continua from The Supernova Remnant IC 443 with Suzaku
Hiroya Yamaguchi, Midori Ozawa, Katsuji Koyama, Kuniaki Masai, Junko S. Hiraga, Masanobu Ozaki, Daisuke Yonetoku, arXiv:0909.3848 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 5 pages, 5 figures, accepted by ApJ Letter

Cosmic Origins Spectrograph Observations of the Chemical Composition of LMC N132D
Kevin France, Matthew Beasley, Brian A. Keeney, Charles W. Danforth, Cynthia S. Froning, James C. Green, arXiv:0909.4110 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 5 pages, 4 figures. Submitted to ApJL

Prompt Ia Supernovae Are Significantly Delayed
Cody Raskin, Evan Scannapieco, James Rhoads, Massimo Della Valle, arXiv:0909.4293 [pdf, other]
Comments: 6 pages, 6 figures, ApJ, in press

From their abstract: "Our approach confines the analysis only to the relevant portions of the hosts, allowing us to show that even so-called "prompt" SNe Ia that trace star-formation on cosmic timescales exhibit a significant delay time of 200-500 million years."

Radiation-Hydrodynamic Models of X-Ray & EUV Photoevaporating Protoplanetary Discs
J. E. Owen, B. Ercolano, C. J. Clarke, R. D. Alexander, arXiv:0909.4309 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 16 pages, 14 figures, accepted for publication in MNRAS

X-rays are the dominant driving mechanism for photoevaporation.

The Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function: Pieces of the Puzzle
Robin Ciardullo, arXiv:0909.4356 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 7 pages, including 7 figures; presentation at the workshop on the Legacies of the Macquarie/AAO/Strasbourg H-alpha Planetary Nebula project, accepted for publication in PASA

Note to self: Must read, as may have implications for understanding compact H-alpha point sources in M82 ACS data.

3D models of radiatively driven colliding winds in massive O+O star binaries - III. Thermal X-ray emission
J. M. Pittard, E. R. Parkin, arXiv:0909.4383 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 29 pages, 23 figures, accepted for publication in MNRAS


Other

Astroinformatics: A 21st Century Approach to Astronomy
Kirk D. Borne, arXiv:0909.3892 [pdf, other]
Comments: 14 pages total: 1 cover page, 3 pages of co-signers, plus 10 pages, Astro2010 Decadal Survey State of the Profession Position Paper

Galaxies and Cladistics
Didier Fraix-Burnet, arXiv:0909.4164 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: Talk given at the "12th Evolutionary Biology Meeting" held in Marseille, France, Sept. 24-26, 2008
Journal-ref: Evolutionary Biology. Concept, Modeling, and Application, Pontarotti, Pierre (Ed.) (2009) 363-378

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