By Vincenzo Antonuccio-Delogu (editor), Joseph Silk (editor)
Prior to now decade, convincing proof has been gathered about the impression of lively galactic nuclei (AGN) job at the inner and exterior surroundings in their host galaxies. that includes contributions from well-respected researchers within the box, and bringing jointly paintings by means of experts in either galaxy formation and AGN, this quantity addresses a few key questions about AGN suggestions within the context of galaxy formation. the subjects coated comprise downsizing and star-formation time scales in mammoth elliptical galaxies, the relationship among the epochs of supermassive black gap development and galaxy formation and the query of no matter if AGN and megastar formation coexist. Authors additionally speak about key difficult computational difficulties, together with jet-interstellar/intergalactic medium interactions, and either jet- and merging-induced big name formation. appropriate for researchers and graduate scholars in astrophysics, this quantity displays the enticing and energetic discussions occurring during this rising box of study.
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Cole et al. 2000; Hatton et al. 2003; Baugh et al. 2005; Cattaneo et al. 2005, 2006; Bower et al. 2006; Croton et al. 2006; Khochfar & Silk 2006; Monaco et al. 2007; Somerville et al. 2008), apart from relatively minor variations, are constructed around two main assumptions: (1) the initial outcome of gas cooling within DM halos is, at any cosmic epoch, the development of a rotationally supported disc (since Rees & Ostriker 1977; Silk 1977; White & Rees 1978); these discs usually undergo mild to moderate star formation activity, unless extreme choices for the scaling of star formation efficiency with galaxy properties are made; (2) the most natural driver of episodes of violent star formation at any redshift is the merging of these gas-rich discs, which in most models also constitutes the main channel for the formation of spheroids, and in particular of large ellipticals (since Cole 1991).
Although SAMs should not be viewed as first-principles computations, they provide a convenient and powerful tool to test an assumed galaxy formation scenario AGN Feedback in Galaxy Formation, eds. V. Antonuccio-Delogu and J. Silk. Published by Cambridge University Press. © Cambridge University Press 2011. 41 42 G. L. Granato et al. e. the general behavior and the adopted recipes) against existing data, and to make predictions on future observations. g. Cole et al. 2000; Hatton et al. 2003; Baugh et al.
Published by Cambridge University Press. © Cambridge University Press 2011. 29 30 J. D. Silverman et al. 1 Global evolution of star formation rate density (data points) and mass accretion rate density onto SMBHs scaled up by a factor of 5000 for comparison (curves). (See Silverman et al. ) (Nandra et al. 2007; Silverman et al. 2008b; Hickox et al. 2009; Schawinski et al. 2a). This suggests that AGN feedback may contribute to the migration of galaxies from the “blue cloud” to the “red sequence”.