Active galactic nucleus jet feedback in hydrostatic haloes

Rainer Weinberger, Kung Yi Su, Kristian Ehlert, Christoph Pfrommer, Lars Hernquist, Greg L. Bryan, Volker Springel, Yuan Li, Blakesley Burkhart, Ena Choi, Claude André Faucher-Giguère

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Abstract

Feedback driven by jets from active galactic nuclei is believed to be responsible for reducing cooling flows in cool-core galaxy clusters. We use simulations to model feedback from hydrodynamic jets in isolated haloes. While the jet propagation converges only after the diameter of the jet is well resolved, reliable predictions about the effects these jets have on the cooling time distribution function only require resolutions sufficient to keep the jet-inflated cavities stable. Comparing different model variations, as well as an independent jet model using a different hydrodynamics code, we show that the dominant uncertainties are the choices of jet properties within a given model. Independent of implementation, we find that light, thermal jets with low momentum flux tend to delay the onset of a cooling flow more efficiently on a 50 Myr time-scale than heavy, kinetic jets. The delay of the cooling flow originates from a displacement and boost in entropy of the central gas. If the jet kinetic luminosity depends on accretion rate, collimated, light, hydrodynamic jets are able to reduce cooling flows in haloes, without a need for jet precession or wide opening angles. Comparing the jet feedback with a ‘kinetic wind’ implementation shows that equal amounts of star formation rate reduction can be achieved by different interactions with the halo gas: the jet has a larger effect on the hot halo gas while leaving the denser, star-forming phase in place, while the wind acts more locally on the star-forming phase, which manifests itself in different time-variability properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1104-1125
Number of pages22
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume523
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • galaxies: clusters: general
  • galaxies: clusters: intracluster medium
  • galaxies: jets
  • hydrodynamics
  • methods: numerical

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