AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 129 Absorptions and The Intergalactic Medium
Oral, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, Pacific 2/3

Previous   |   Session 129   |   Next

[129.07] Parsing the WHIM

L. A. Phillips (Caltech)

We examine the topology of the warm/hot intergalactic medium (WHIM) in order to obtain clues to the formation history of this potentially substantial baryon reservoir. A better understanding of the physical properties and extent of this component is garnered by progressing beyond its threshold-based definition. We use a new algorithm to find and extract clumpy, tubular, and sheet-like structures in a large scale hydrodynamical simulation. The entropy, density profile and temperature distributions of the WHIM are obtained for these well-defined samples. The predicted temperature-density phase diagram of the intergalactic medium (IGM) is discussed. The results are used to tackle lingering questions about the portion of the WHIM in groups/clusters vs. the filamentary network, the formation mechanisms for the different components of the WHIM, and consequently the very definition of the WHIM.

Previous   |   Session 129   |   Next

Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 36 5
© 2004. The American Astronomical Society.