We analyse the evolution of the properties of the low-redshift Intergalactic Medium (IGM) using high-resolution hydrodynamic simulations that include a detailed chemical evolution model. We focus on the effects that two different forms of energy feedback, strong galactic winds driven by supernova explosion and Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) powered by gas accretion onto super-massive black holes (BHs), have on the thermo- and chemo-dynamical properties of of the low redshift IGM. We find that feedback associated to winds (W) and BHs leave distinct signatures in both the chemical and thermal history of the baryons, especially at redshift z<3 [..] We present results for the enrichment in terms of mass and metallicity distributions for the WHIM phase, both as a function of density and temperature. Finally, we compute the evolution of the relative abundances between different heavy elements, namely Oxygen, Carbon and Iron. While both C/O and O/Fe evolve differently at high redshifts for different feedback models, their values are similar at z=0 [..]. The sensitivity of WHIM properties on the implemented feedback scheme could be important both for discriminating between different feedback physics and for detecting the WHIM with future far-UV and X-ray telescopes.
|Titolo:||The impact of feedback on the low-redshift intergalactic medium|
|Autori:||Tornatore, L.; Borgani, S.; Viel, M.; Springel, V.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.16025.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|