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Numerical modeling of multiphase, turbulent galactic disks with star formation feedback

Author(s): Kim, CG; Ostriker, Eve C; Kim, WT

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Abstract: Star formation is self-regulated by its feedback that drives turbulence and heats the gas. In equilibrium, the star formation rate (SFR) should be directly related to the total (thermal plus turbulent) midplane pressure and hence the total weight of the diffuse gas if energy balance and vertical dynamical equilibrium hold simultaneously. To investigate this quantitatively, we utilize numerical hydrodynamic simulations focused on outer-disk regions where diffuse atomic gas dominates. By analyzing gas properties at saturation, we obtain relationships between the turbulence driving and dissipation rates, heating and cooling rates, the total midplane pressure and the total weight of gas, and the SFR and the total midplane pressure. We find a nearly linear relationship between the SFR and the midplane pressure consistent with the theoretical prediction.
Publication Date: Aug-2012
Citation: Kim, CG, Ostriker, EC, Kim, WT. (2012). Numerical modeling of multiphase, turbulent galactic disks with star formation feedback. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 10 (H16), 609 - 610. doi:10.1017/S174392131401240X
DOI: doi:10.1017/S174392131401240X
ISSN: 1743-9213
EISSN: 1743-9221
Keywords: stars: formation, ISM: kinematics and dynamics, methods: numerical, turbulence
Pages: 609 - 610
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Version: Author's manuscript

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