EPJ Web of Conferences
Volume 19, 2012Assembling the Puzzle of the Milky Way
|Number of page(s)||3|
|Section||How Stars and Interstellar Medium interplay? ISM Large Scale Structure, Stellar Formation, Gas Infall, Galactic Fountains, . . .|
|Published online||07 February 2012|
Fountain-driven gas accretion by the Milky Way
1 Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Bologna, via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna, Italy
2 Heidelberger Institut für Theoretische Studien, Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 35, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany
3 Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg, Astronomisches Recheninstitut, Mönchhofstr. 12-14, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
4 Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3NP, UK
5 INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, via Ranzani 1, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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Accretion of fresh gas at a rate of ∼ 1M☉yr−1 is necessary in star-forming disc galaxies, such as the Milky Way, in order to sustain their star-formation rates. In this work we present the results of a new hydrodynamic simulation supporting the scenario in which the gas required for star formation is drawn from the hot corona that surrounds the star-forming disc. In particular, the cooling of this hot gas and its accretion on to the disc are caused by the passage of cold galactic fountain clouds through the corona.
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