We perform a suite of cosmological hydrodynamical simulations of disc galaxies, with zoomedin initial conditions leading to the formation of a halo of mass M-halo, DM similar or equal to 2 x 10(12) M-circle dot at redshift z = 0. These simulations aim at investigating the chemical evolution and the distribution of metals in a disc galaxy, and at quantifying the effect of (i) the assumed IMF, (ii) the adopted stellar yields, and (iii) the impact of binary systems originating SNe Ia on the process of chemical enrichment. We consider either a Kroupa, Tout & Gilmore (1993) or a more top-heavy Kroupa (2001) IMF, two sets of stellar yields and different values for the fraction of binary systems suitable to give rise to SNe Ia. We investigate stellar ages, SN rates, stellar and gas metallicity gradients, and stellar alpha-enhancement in simulations, and compare predictions with observations. We find that a Kroupa et al. (1993) IMF has to be preferred when modelling late-type galaxies in the local Universe. On the other hand, the comparison of stellar metallicity profiles and alpha-enhancement trends with observations of Milky Way stars shows a better agreement when a Kroupa (2001) IMF is assumed. Comparing the predicted SN rates and stellar alpha-enhancement with observations supports a value for the fraction of binary systems producing SNe Ia of 0.03, at least for late-type galaxies and for the considered IMFs. Adopted stellar yields are crucial in regulating cooling and star formation, and in determining patterns of chemical enrichment for stars, especially for those located in the galaxy bulge.

Chemical evolution of disc galaxies from cosmological simulations / Valentini, Milena; Borgani, Stefano; Bressan, Alessandro; Murante, Giuseppe; Tornatore, Luca; Monaco, Pierluigi. - In: MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. - ISSN 1365-2966. - 485:1(2019), pp. 1384-1404. [10.1093/mnras/stz492]

Chemical evolution of disc galaxies from cosmological simulations

Valentini, Milena;Bressan, Alessandro;Tornatore, Luca;
2019

Abstract

We perform a suite of cosmological hydrodynamical simulations of disc galaxies, with zoomedin initial conditions leading to the formation of a halo of mass M-halo, DM similar or equal to 2 x 10(12) M-circle dot at redshift z = 0. These simulations aim at investigating the chemical evolution and the distribution of metals in a disc galaxy, and at quantifying the effect of (i) the assumed IMF, (ii) the adopted stellar yields, and (iii) the impact of binary systems originating SNe Ia on the process of chemical enrichment. We consider either a Kroupa, Tout & Gilmore (1993) or a more top-heavy Kroupa (2001) IMF, two sets of stellar yields and different values for the fraction of binary systems suitable to give rise to SNe Ia. We investigate stellar ages, SN rates, stellar and gas metallicity gradients, and stellar alpha-enhancement in simulations, and compare predictions with observations. We find that a Kroupa et al. (1993) IMF has to be preferred when modelling late-type galaxies in the local Universe. On the other hand, the comparison of stellar metallicity profiles and alpha-enhancement trends with observations of Milky Way stars shows a better agreement when a Kroupa (2001) IMF is assumed. Comparing the predicted SN rates and stellar alpha-enhancement with observations supports a value for the fraction of binary systems producing SNe Ia of 0.03, at least for late-type galaxies and for the considered IMFs. Adopted stellar yields are crucial in regulating cooling and star formation, and in determining patterns of chemical enrichment for stars, especially for those located in the galaxy bulge.
485
1
1384
1404
https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz492
https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/485/1/1384/5322187
https://arxiv.org/abs/1902.05955v1
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2019MNRAS.485.1384V/abstract
Valentini, Milena; Borgani, Stefano; Bressan, Alessandro; Murante, Giuseppe; Tornatore, Luca; Monaco, Pierluigi
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