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AGN feedback and star formation in ETGs: negative and positive feedback

  • Luca Ciotti (a1), Jeremiah P. Ostriker (a2) (a3), Andrea Negri (a1) (a4), Silvia Pellegrini (a1), Silvia Posacki (a1) and Greg Novak (a5)...

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AGN feedback from supermassive black holes (SMBHs) at the center of early type galaxies is commonly invoked as the explanation for the quenching of star formation in these systems. The situation is complicated by the significant amount of mass injected in the galaxy by the evolving stellar population over cosmological times. In absence of feedback, this mass would lead to unobserved galactic cooling flows, and to SMBHs two orders of magnitude more massive than observed. By using high-resolution 2D hydrodynamical simulations with radiative transport and star formation in state-of-the-art galaxy models, we show how the intermittent AGN feedback is highly structured on spatial and temporal scales, and how its effects are not only negative (shutting down the recurrent cooling episodes of the ISM), but also positive, inducing star formation in the inner regions of the host galaxy.

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AGN feedback and star formation in ETGs: negative and positive feedback

  • Luca Ciotti (a1), Jeremiah P. Ostriker (a2) (a3), Andrea Negri (a1) (a4), Silvia Pellegrini (a1), Silvia Posacki (a1) and Greg Novak (a5)...

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