Friday, October 09, 2009

Interesting Astrophysics: 05 Oct to 09 Oct

A mixed bag of interesting preprints this week. Of note are local analogs of the Lyman Break Galaxies (Overzier et al), the radio-FIR correlation at high z (Lacki & Thompson), and a possible optical counterpart to an intermediate mass black hole candidate (Soria et al).

Galaxies and Starbursts

Local Lyman Break Galaxy Analogs: The Impact of Massive Star-forming Clumps on the Interstellar Medium and the Global Structure of Young, Forming Galaxies
R.A. Overzier, T.M. Heckman, C. Tremonti, L. Armus, A. Basu-Zych, T. Goncalves, R.M. Rich, D.C. Martin, A. Ptak, D. Schiminovich, H.C. Ford, B. Madore, M. Seibert, arXiv:0910.1352 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: The Astrophysical Journal, In Press (22 pages, 16 figures). For the full version with high-resolution colour figures, see: this http URL

Stationary models for the extra-planar gas in disc galaxies
F. Marinacci, F. Fraternali, L. Ciotti, C. Nipoti, arXiv:0910.0404 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 14 pages, 7 figures, accepted for pubblication in MNRAS

A cloudy halo model.

The Physics of the FIR-Radio Correlation: II. Synchrotron Emission as a Star-Formation Tracer in High-Redshift Galaxies
Brian C. Lacki, Todd A. Thompson, arXiv:0910.0478 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: Submitted to ApJ

The fundamental gas depletion and stellar-mass buildup times of star forming galaxies
Jan Pflamm-Altenburg, Pavel Kroupa, arXiv:0910.1089 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: accepted for publication in ApJ

The WMAP haze from the Galactic Center region due to massive star explosions and a reduced cosmic ray scale height
Peter L. Biermann, Julia K. Becker, Gabriel Caceres, Athina Meli, Eun-Suk Seo, Todor Stanev, arXiv:0910.1197 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 10 pages

Black Holes and AGN

The Activity of the Neighbours of AGN and Starburst Galaxies: Towards an evolutionary sequence of AGN activity
E.Koulouridis, M.Plionis, V.Chavushyan, D.Dultzin, Y.Krongold, I.Georgantopoulos, C.Goudis, arXiv:0910.1355 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 50 pages, 5 figures, 41 spectra

Discovery of an optical counterpart to the hyperluminous X-ray source in ESO 243-49
Roberto Soria, George K. T. Hau, Alister W. Graham, Albert K. H. Kong, N. Paul M. Kuin, I-Hui Li, Ji-Feng Liu, Kinwah Wu, arXiv:0910.1356 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 5 pages, submitted to MNRAS Letters. Contact R Soria for higher-resolution figures

Theoretical and Numerical Astrophysics, including Cosmology

Pressure Support vs. Thermal Broadening in the Lyman-alpha Forest II: Effects of the Equation of State on Transverse Structure
Molly S. Peeples, David H. Weinberg, Romeel Davé, Mark A. Fardal, Neal Katz, arXiv:0910.0250 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 11 figures, submitted to MNRAS

Stars, Supernovae and Planets

Ionized Gas Towards Molecular Clumps: Physical Properties of Massive Star Forming Regions
Katharine G. Johnston, Debra S. Shepherd, James E. Aguirre, Miranda K. Dunham, Erik Rosolowsky, Kenneth Wood, arXiv:0910.0251 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 67 pages, 16 figures, 8 tables, accepted for publication in ApJ

From their abstract: "For clumps with associated ionized gas, the combined mass of the ionizing massive stars is compared to the clump masses to provide an estimate of the instantaneous star formation efficiency. These values range from a few percent to 25%, and have an average of 7 +/- 8%. We also find a correlation between the clump mass and the mass of the ionizing massive stars within it, which is consistent with a power law. This result is comparable to the prediction of star formation by competitive accretion that a power law relationship exists between the mass of the most massive star in a cluster and the total mass of the remaining stars."

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