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Supernovae and AGN driven galactic outflows
Mahavir Sharma ; Biman B. Nath ;
Date 3 Sep 2012
AbstractWe present analytical solutions for winds from galaxies with NFW dark matter halo. We consider winds driven by energy and mass injection from multiple supernovae, as well as momentum injection due to radiation from a central black hole. We find that the wind dynamics depends on three velocity scales: (a) v_star sim (dot{E} / 2 dot{M})^{1/2} describes the effect of starburst activity, with dot{E}, dot{M} as energy and mass injection rate in a central region of radius R; (b) vbh ~ (Gmbh / 2 R)^{1/2} for the effect of a central black hole of mass mbh on gas at distance R and (c) v_{s} =(GM_h/ 2Cr_s)^{1/2} which is closely related to the virial velocity, with C as a function of halo concentration parameter. We find the wind terminal speed to be 2 (v_star^2 +1.5(Gamma -1) vbh^2 -v_s^2)^{1/2}, where Gamma is the ratio of force due to radiation pressure to gravity of the central black hole. We also find that: (a) winds from quiescent star forming galaxies cannot escape from 10^{11.5} le M_h le 10^{12.5}Msun galaxies, (b) circumgalactic gas at large distances should be present for galaxies in this mass range, (c) for an escaping wind, the wind speed in low to intermediate mass galaxies is ~ 400--1000 km/s, consistent with observed X-ray temperatures; (d) winds from massive galaxies with AGN have speeds gtrsim 1000 km/s. We also find that the ratio [2 v_star ^2 -(1 -Gamma) vbh^2]/ vvir^2 dictates the amount of gas lost. Used in conjunction with an appropriate relation between mbh and M_h, and an appropriate opacity of dust grains in IR (K band), this ratio becomes minimum at a certain halo mass scale (M_h ~ 10^{12--12.5} Msun) that signifies the cross-over of AGN domination in outflow properties from starburst activity at lower masses. We find that stellar mass for massive galaxies scales as M_star propto M_h^{0.26},and for low mass galaxies, M_star propto M_h^{5/3}.
Source arXiv, 1209.0242
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