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Cold Gas in Hot Halos: The Formation and Survival of Cold Gas in Galactic Halos

In recent years, observations of the circumgalactic medium has undercovered a large reservoir of T ~ 10^4 K, photoionized gas in the much hotter halos of galaxies. Inflowing cold gas in galactic halos helps fuel star formation, whilst outflowing cold gas is our primary observational marker of feedback. However, the formation and survival of dense cold gas in the atmospheres of galaxy halos is still poorly understood. For instance, we do not yet understand how cold gas can be entrained in a hot wind, as is observed; most simulations indicate it should be shredded by hydrodynamic instabilities. The impact of a multi-phase medium on cosmic ray propagation and feedback in the halo is also poorly understood. In this talk I will highlight some recent progress on these questions.

Speaker: Peng Oh, UC Santa Barbara

Monday, 08/26/19


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