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AGN feedback through sound wave dissipation


Shabala, SS and Alexander, P, AGN feedback through sound wave dissipation, Astrophysics and Space Science, 311, (1) pp. 311-315. ISSN 0004-640X (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10509-007-9521-9


We investigate the possibility of explaining the observed ripples in the X-ray gas in the Perseus and Virgo clusters through natural oscillations of a perturbed radio cocoon. Such a perturbation would result from an expanding overpressured cocoon of radio plasma overshooting its pressure equilibrium point with the cluster gas. The oscillations are heavily acoustically damped, and energy injection rates required to sustain them are consistent with observed AGN powers. Viscous dissipation of sound waves generated by these oscillations heats the cluster gas. By comparing our model with observations in Perseus and Virgo, we reproduce the observed ripple separations and amplitudes. Spitzer viscosity is largely sufficient in explaining the gas density profile, suggesting that thermal conductivity is likely to be heavily suppressed. In the central regions, viscous heating can suppress cooling flows on timescales exceeding the radio source lifetime.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Galaxies: active Galaxies: clusters: general Cooling flows Intergalactic medium
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Astronomical sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Shabala, SS (Associate Professor Stas Shabala)
ID Code:72548
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2011-08-29
Last Modified:2011-08-29

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