Radiative shocks in galaxy formation. II: Effects of a metagalactic UV background

Research paper by M. I. Forcada-Miro

Indexed on: 17 Dec '97Published on: 17 Dec '97Published in: Astrophysics


I use a 1-D Lagrangian code which follows both a gaseous and a dark component to study the effects of a metagalactic UV background on the formation of dwarf galaxies. In the case of an ionising background consistent with the existing observational constraints no effect has been found in halos with circular velocity above 60 km/s. The effect is very mild in halos with $40 < V_{\mboxs{c}} < 60$ km/s, and the reduction in the total gas mass which cools below 8000 K never surpasses 30 %. Below the circular velocity 40 km/s there is a sharp transition towards the case in which the gas does not cool but it is gravitationally confined by the potential well of the dark halo. Halos with a virial temperature below the equilibrium photoionisation temperature cannot confine the gas.