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Observational signatures of feedback in QSO absorption spectra.

Theuns, T. and Mo, H. J. and Schaye, J. (2001) 'Observational signatures of feedback in QSO absorption spectra.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 321 (3). pp. 450-462.

Abstract

Models for the formation of galaxies and clusters of galaxies require strong feedback in order to explain the observed properties of these systems. We investigate whether such feedback has observational consequences for the intergalactic medium, as probed in absorption towards background quasars. A typical quasar sight-line intersects one protocluster per unit redshift, and significant feedback from forming galaxies or active galactic nuclei, heating the protocluster gas, will result in a large clearing of reduced absorption in the Lyα forest. Such a gap could be detected at redshift >~3 when the mean opacity is high. Feedback from Lyman-break galaxies in protoclusters can be probed by the absorption lines produced in their winds. Strong feedback from galaxies has a major impact on the number and properties of absorption lines with column densities NHi~1016cm-2. This feedback can be probed with multiple sight-lines and by studying the unsaturated higher order lines of the Lyman series. Galactic winds from dwarf galaxies should break up into clouds, in order not to overproduce the number of absorption lines. These clouds can then coast to large distances.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Hydrodynamics, Galaxies, Formation, Intergalactic medium, Quasars, Absorption lines, Cosmology, Large-scale structure of Universe.
Full text:PDF - Published Version (797Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-8711.2001.04026.x
Publisher statement:This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2001 The Authors Published on behalf of Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Record Created:27 Feb 2008
Last Modified:11 Aug 2014 09:47

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