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The MPIA conference series
at Ringberg Castle
The MPIA conference series
at Ringberg Castle
 
EPoS 2020 Suggested Contribution
Dynamics of the gaseous backbones of galaxies

Andreas Burkert
UMS+MPE, Munich, DE
Large filaments, like Nessie, have been suggested to represent the backbones of star-forming galaxies, dominating the large-scale structure and regulating star formation. Their global coherence presents a theoretical challenge as the information crossing timescales are much longer than the timescale on which stars form and stellar feedback disrupts their structure. I present a detailed analyses of the origin and evolution of Nessie-like filaments. Despite being transient, with gas continuously streaming through the system, its overall structure is stable over a long timescale. It is shown that these structures represent ideal places for massive cluster formation. They might also play in important role in driving large-scale turbulence in the interstellar medium.
Caption: Surface density distribution of a simulation of a Nessie-like filament. Points represent newly formed stars.
Collaborators:
C. Alig, USM, DE
Suggested Session: Molecular Clouds