We investigate the properties of triply ionized Carbon (CIV) in the Intergalactic Medium using a set of high-resolution and large box-size cosmological hydrodynamic simulations of a ΛCDM model. We rely on a modification of the GADGET-2 code that self-consistently follows the metal enrichment mechanism by means of a detailed chemical evolution model. We focus on several numerical implementations of galactic feedback: galactic winds in the energy driven and momentum driven prescriptions and Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) powered by gas accretion onto massive black holes. We extract mock IGM transmission spectra in neutral hydrogen (HI) and CIV and perform Voigt profile fitting. The results are then compared with high-resolution quasar (QSO) spectra obtained with the UVES spectrograph at the VLT and the HIRES spectrograph at Keck. We find that feedback has little impact on statistics related to the neutral hydrogen, while CIV is more affected by galactic winds and/or AGN feedback. When the same analysis is performed over observed and simulated CIV lines, we find reasonables good agreement between data and simulations over the column density range NCIV=1012.5−15 cm−2. Also the CIV line-widths distribution appears to be in agreement with the observed values, while the HI Doppler parameters, bHI, are in general too large showing that the diffuse cosmic web is heated more than what is inferred by observations. The simulation without feedback fails in reproducing the CIV systems at high column densities at all redshift, while the AGN feedback case agrees with observations only at z<3, when this form of feedback is particularly effective. We also present scatter plots in the b−N and in the NCIV−NHI planes, showing that there is rough agreement between observations and simulations only when feedback is taken into account.
|Titolo:||Cosmic evolution of the C IV in high-resolution hydrodynamic simulations|
|Autori:||Tescari, E.; Viel, M.; D'Odorico, V.; Cristiani, S.; Calura, F.; Borgani, S.; Tornatore, L.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17761.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|