A Comprehensive Study of Hydrodynamic Processes at the Galactic Center

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/194477
Title:
A Comprehensive Study of Hydrodynamic Processes at the Galactic Center
Author:
Rockefeller, Gabriel Matthew
Issue Date:
2006
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Our Galactic center hosts the closest known supermassive black hole candidate. With a mass of approximately 3.7 million solar masses, this compact object, known as Sgr A*, has a considerable influence on the central parsecs of the Galaxy. However, many observed features of the Galactic center result from the presence of and interactions among other stellar and gaseous components, including clusters of massive, wind-producing stars, ionized gas streamers, dense molecular clouds, and supernova remnants. We present a series of simulations and studies of the interactions among these components. In each case, we attempt to explain a particular feature or present a new interpretation of recent observations of the Galactic center. Our simulations of interactions among stellar winds in the central parsec of the Galaxy and in the Arches and Quintuplet clusters are able to explain the diffuse X-ray emission observed there by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Similarly, our simulations of the explosive formation of the synchrotron shell source Sgr A East place tight constraints on the age and progenitor of such an explosion and might explain the observed X-ray fluorescence of molecular clouds at larger distances from the Galactic center. Finally, our studies of accretion disks around Sgr A* provide a first three-dimensional look at the structure of the accretion flow onto this supermassive black hole and pave the way for full simulations of accretion from length scales of parsecs down to Schwarzschild radii.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Physics; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Melia, Fulvio; Fryer, Christopher
Committee Chair:
Melia, Fulvio; Fryer, Christopher

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dc.titleA Comprehensive Study of Hydrodynamic Processes at the Galactic Centeren_US
dc.creatorRockefeller, Gabriel Matthewen_US
dc.contributor.authorRockefeller, Gabriel Matthewen_US
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractOur Galactic center hosts the closest known supermassive black hole candidate. With a mass of approximately 3.7 million solar masses, this compact object, known as Sgr A*, has a considerable influence on the central parsecs of the Galaxy. However, many observed features of the Galactic center result from the presence of and interactions among other stellar and gaseous components, including clusters of massive, wind-producing stars, ionized gas streamers, dense molecular clouds, and supernova remnants. We present a series of simulations and studies of the interactions among these components. In each case, we attempt to explain a particular feature or present a new interpretation of recent observations of the Galactic center. Our simulations of interactions among stellar winds in the central parsec of the Galaxy and in the Arches and Quintuplet clusters are able to explain the diffuse X-ray emission observed there by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Similarly, our simulations of the explosive formation of the synchrotron shell source Sgr A East place tight constraints on the age and progenitor of such an explosion and might explain the observed X-ray fluorescence of molecular clouds at larger distances from the Galactic center. Finally, our studies of accretion disks around Sgr A* provide a first three-dimensional look at the structure of the accretion flow onto this supermassive black hole and pave the way for full simulations of accretion from length scales of parsecs down to Schwarzschild radii.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysicsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMelia, Fulvioen_US
dc.contributor.advisorFryer, Christopheren_US
dc.contributor.chairMelia, Fulvioen_US
dc.contributor.chairFryer, Christopheren_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDienes, Keithen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCronin, Alexen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPinto, Philipen_US
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dc.identifier.oclc659746374en_US
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