Title
The environmental dependence of neutral hydrogen in the GIMIC simulations The environmental dependence of neutral hydrogen in the GIMIC simulations
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Physics
Source (journal)
Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. - Oxford
Volume/pages
438(2014) :3 , p. 2530-2537
ISSN
0035-8711
ISI
000331877000043
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We use the Galaxies-Intergalactic Medium Interaction Calculation (gimic) cosmological hydrodynamic simulation at z = 0 to study the distribution and environmental dependence of neutral hydrogen (H i) gas in the outskirts of simulated galaxies. This gas can currently be probed directly in, for example, Ly alpha absorption via the observation of background quasars. Radio facilities, such as the Square Kilometre Array, will provide a complementary probe of the diffuse H i in emission and will constrain the physics underpinning the complex interplay between accretion and feedback mechanisms which affect the intergalactic medium. We extract a sample of 488 galaxies from a resimulation of the average cosmic density gimic region. We estimate the neutral hydrogen content of these galaxies and the surrounding intergalactic medium within which they reside. We investigate the average H i radial profiles by stacking the individual profiles according to both mass and environment. We find high H i column densities at large impact parameters in group environments and markedly lower H i densities for non-group galaxies. We suggest that these results likely arise from the combined effects of ram pressure stripping and tidal interactions present in group environments.
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