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Title: The Generation and Dissipation of Interstellar Turbulence: Results from Large-Scale High-Resolution Simulations
Authors: de Avillez, Miguel
Breitschwerdt, Dieter
Keywords: Galaxy: evolution
Galaxy: general
Galaxy: structure
ISM: structure
Issue Date: Aug-2007
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press/American Astronomical Society/The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Abstract: We study, by means of adaptive mesh refinement hydro- and magnetohydrodynamic simulations that cover a wide range of scales (from kiloparsec to subparsec), the dimension of the most dissipative structures and the injection scale of turbulent interstellar gas, which we find to be about 75 pc, in agreement with observations. This is, however, smaller than the average size of superbubbles but consistent with significant density and pressure changes in the ISM, which leads to the breakup of bubbles locally and hence to the injection of turbulence. The scalings of the structure functions are consistent with log-Poisson statistics of supersonic turbulence, where energy is dissipated mainly through shocks. Our simulations are different from previous ones by other authors, since (1) we do not assume an isothermal gas but have temperature variations of several orders of magnitude, and (2) we have no artificial forcing of the fluid with some ad hoc Fourier spectrum but drive turbulence by stellar explosions at the Galactic rate, self-regulated by density and temperature thresholds imposed on the ISM gas.
Type: article
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