Chemical enrichment of the intracluster medium by FR II radio sources

D. Heath, M. Krause, P. Alexander

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We present 2D axisymmetric hydrodynamic simulations investigating the long-term effect of Fanaroff-Riley type II radio galaxies on the metal distribution of the surrounding intracluster medium (ICM). A light jet is injected into a cooling flow atmosphere for 10-30 Myr. We then follow the subsequent evolution for 3 Gyr on a spherical grid spanning 3 Mpc in radius. A series of passive tracer particles were placed in an annulus about the cluster core to simulate metal carrying clouds in order to calculate the metallicity (Z) as a function of time and radial distance from the cluster centre. The jet has a significant effect on the ICM over the entire 3-Gyr period. By the end of the simulations, the jets produced metallicities of ~10 per cent of the initial metallicity of the cluster core throughout much of the cluster. The jets transport the metals not only in mixing regions, but also through upweilling ICM behind the jet, enriching the cluster over both long and short distances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-792
Number of pages6
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Early online date19 Dec 2006
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2007


  • hydrodynamics, methods: numerical, galaxies: jets


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