Narrow angle tail radio galaxies as ICM interaction probes

David H Porter, Peter J. Mendygral, Thomas W Jones

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NATs are common in clusters of galaxies, and their distinctive structures reveal strong interactions with the cluster media driven by transsonic or supersonic relative motions. These interactions disrupt the AGN outflows and control the deposition of AGN energy, entropy, magnetic field and relativistic particles into the ICM. While this general picture is commonly understood, only relatively basic modeling has been carried out to date. We have begun a detailed simulation study exploring the fundamental interaction issues outlined above, based on high resolution 3D MHD calculations. The simulations incorporate passive relativistic electron populations followed with our Eulerian, Coarse-Grained finite Momentum Volume scheme. The electrons are subject to Fermi acceleration as well as adiabatic and nonadiabatic energy gains and losses, so realistic nonthermal emissions are computed that can be used to construct important diagnostic synthetic observations. We report on preliminary analysis of runs on a Microsoft 256-node (2048 cores) cluster running Windows HPC server 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMonster's Fiery Breath
Subtitle of host publicationFeedback in Galaxies, Groups, and Clusters - Proceedings of the International Conference
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventInternational Conference on Monster's Fiery Breath: Feedback in Galaxies, Groups, and Clusters - Madison, WI, United States
Duration: Jun 1 2009Jun 5 2009

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


OtherInternational Conference on Monster's Fiery Breath: Feedback in Galaxies, Groups, and Clusters
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMadison, WI


  • Active galaxies
  • Galaxy clusters
  • Magnetohydrodynamics


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