Friday, November 06, 2009

Interesting Astrophysics: Nov 02 to Nov 06

Of particular note this week are Crighton et al (who suggest a particular case of intergalactic metal line absorption can be associated with a z=0.2272 galaxy polluting a region ~200 kpc in radius), Bertone et al (metal line cooling from the IGM predicted in the OWLS simulations) Risaliti & Elvis (a line driven model for AGN winds), and Bond et al (terrestrial planet formation models that correctly predict the observed elemental abundances also predict that terrestrial planets form wet and do not need significant water delivery from comets).

Galaxies and Starbursts

Searching for Evidence of Energetic Feedback in Distant Galaxies: A Galaxy Wide Outflow in a z~2 Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxy
D.M. Alexander, A.M. Swinbank, I. Smail, R. McDermid, N. Nesvadba, arXiv:0911.0014 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 10 pages, 5 figures, 1 table. Resubmitted to MNRAS after taking account of referees feedback

Galaxies at Redshift ~0.5 Around Three Closely Spaced Quasar Sightlines
Neil H. M. Crighton, Simon L. Morris, Jill Bechtold, Robert A. Crain, Buell T. Jannuzi, Allen Shone, Tom Theuns, arXiv:0911.0368 [pdf, other]
Comments: 45 pages, 21 figures. Accepted by MNRAS

From their abstract: "We identify a galaxy at z=0.2272 with associated metal absorption in two sightlines, each 200 kpc away. By constraining the star formation history of the galaxy, we show the gas causing this metal absorption may have been enriched and ejected by the galaxy during a burst of star formation 2 Gyr ago."

Enhanced Dense Gas Fraction in Ultra-Luminous Infrared Galaxies
S. Juneau, D. T. Narayanan, J. Moustakas, Y. L. Shirley, R. S. Bussmann, R. C. Kennicutt Jr, P. A. Vanden Bout, arXiv:0911.0413 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 20 pages, 10 figures. To be published in The Astrophysical Journal (accepted)

Black Holes and AGN

Comparison between the Luminosity functions of X-ray and [OIII] selected AGN
I. Georgantopoulos, A. Akylas, arXiv:0911.0102 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 7 pages to appear in Astronomy & Astrophysics

A non-hydrodynamical model for acceleration of line-driven winds in Active Galactic Nuclei
G. Risaliti, M. Elvis, arXiv:0911.0958 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 15 pages, 9 figures. Accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics

Numerical Astrophysics

Metal-line emission from the warm-hot intergalactic medium: I. Soft X-rays
Serena Bertone, Joop Schaye, Claudio Dalla Vecchia, C.M. Booth, Tom Theuns, Robert P.C. Wiersma, arXiv:0910.5723 [ps, pdf, other]

The Enrichment of Intergalactic Medium With Adiabatic Feedback I: Metal Cooling and Metal Diffusion
Sijing Shen, James Wadsley, Gregory Stinson, arXiv:0910.5956 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 16 pages, 11 figures, submitted to MNRAS

Ram-pressure stripping of halo gas in disc galaxies: implications for galactic star formation in different environments
Kenji Bekki, 2009, MNRAS, 399, 2221
Full Text: HTML, PDF (Size: 4409K)

The impact of feedback on the low redshift Intergalactic Medium
Luca Tornatore, Stefano Borgani, Matteo Viel, Volker Springel, arXiv:0911.0699 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: revised version after referee's comments

Stars, Supernovae and Planets

Making the Earth: Combining Dynamics and Chemistry in the Solar System
Jade C. Bond, Dante S. Lauretta, David P. O'Brien, arXiv:0911.0426 [ps, pdf, other]
Comments: 61 pages (including online material), 12 figures (7 in paper, 5 online). Accepted to Icarus

From their abstract: "Bulk elemental abundances based on disk equilibrium studies have been determined for the simulated terrestrial planets of O'Brien et al. (2006). These abundances are in excellent agreement with observed planetary values, indicating that the models of O'Brien et al. (2006) are successfully producing planets comparable to those of the Solar System in terms of both their dynamical and chemical properties. Significant amounts of water are accreted in the present simulations, implying that the terrestrial planets form "wet" and do not need significant water delivery from other sources. Under the assumption of equilibrium controlled chemistry, the biogenic species N and C still need to be delivered to the Earth as they are not accreted in significant proportions during the formation process."

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