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Volume 502, Number 2, August I 2009
Page(s) 515 - 528
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/200811263
Published online 04 June 2009

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Appendix A: Modeling dust evolution

Interstellar dust plays a major role in the evolution of the postshock gas because its survival is required for $\rm H_2$ formation. For a constant dust-to-gas mass ratio, the dust dominates the cooling efficiency of the gas at high (T> 106 K) temperatures (Dwek 1987), but for such high temperatures, the timescale for dust destruction is shorter than the gas cooling time (Smith et al. 1996). This Appendix details how the evolution of the dust-to-gas mass ratio in the postshock gas is calculated. This calculation is coupled to that of the gas cooling, detailed in Appendix B.

The dominant dust destruction process depends on the shock velocity. In this study, we consider the effect of thermal and inertial sputtering by grain-ion collisions. This is the dominant mode of destruction in a hot ( ${\sim}10^6{-}10^8$ K) plasma, resulting from fast ( 100-1000 km s-1) intergalactic shocks (e.g. Dwek et al. 1996; Draine & Salpeter 1979).

It is assumed that dust grains have an initial radius equal to the effective (mean) radius of $a_{\rm eff} = 0.05~\mu$m. This radius is calculated from the MRN dust size distribution (Sect. B.1). At each time step, the fraction of dust remaining in the gas  $f_{\rm dust}$, is computed in parallel to the postshock gas cooling:

f_{\rm dust} = \left( \frac{a}{a_{\rm eff}} \right) ^{3}~{\rm with} \ a = a_{\rm eff} - \int _{t_0} ^{t} \dot{a} ~ {\rm d}t,
\end{displaymath} (A.1)

where $ \dot{a} = {\rm d}a / {\rm d}t$. For a shock velocity $V_{\rm s} > 300$ km s-1, thermal sputtering dominates over inertial sputtering, so we ignore inertial sputtering. In this case, the grain sputtering rate is nearly constant for $T \ga 3$ $\times $ 106 K and strongly decreases at lower temperatures (Tielens et al. 1994; Dwek et al. 1996; Draine & Salpeter 1979). The rate of decrease in grain size is given by

\frac{{\rm d} a}{{\rm d} t} = \frac{m_{\rm sp}}{2 ~ \rho _0} ~ n_{\rm H} ~ \sum A_i \left\langle Y_i ~ v \right\rangle,
\end{displaymath} (A.2)

where $m_{\rm sp}$ and $\rho _0$ are the average mass of the sputtered atoms and the density of the grain material, Ai the abundance of impacting ion i and Yi is the sputtering yield[*] of ion i. The quantity  $\left\langle Y_i ~ v \right\rangle$ is the average of the impacting ion velocities v times the yield over the Maxwellian distribution. The right hand side of this equation is computed from the results given in Tielens et al. (1994).

For $V_{\rm s} < 300$ km s-1, we integrate the equation of deceleration of the dust grains with respect to the gas

\frac{{\rm d} v_{\rm g}}{{\rm d} t} = - \frac{\beta ~ \pi ~ a ^2 ~ \rho ~ v_{\rm g}^{2}}{m},
\end{displaymath} (A.3)

where $v_{\rm g}$ is the grain velocity with respect to the gas, m and a are its mass and radius, $\rho$ is the gas density, and $\beta$ is the enhancement of the collisional drag in a plasma relative to that of a neutral medium. The initial grain velocity is set to 3/4 of the shock velocity (Jones et al. 1994). We take $\beta =1$, which maximizes the dust destruction (see Borkowski & Dwek 1995, for details). Therefore, our computation of the dust survival is conservative. When inertial sputtering is the dominant destruction process, the erosion rate is given by (Tielens et al. 1994)

\frac{{\rm d} a}{{\rm d} t} = \frac{m_{\rm sp}}{2 ~ \rho _0} ~ v_{\rm g} ~ n_{\rm H} \sum A_i Y_i.
\end{displaymath} (A.4)

By integrating these differential equations, the radius of the dust grains as a function of their velocity has been deduced (see Borkowski & Dwek 1995, for a complete parametrization of ${\rm d}a/{\rm d}t$ in the case of inertial sputtering).

\end{figure} Figure A.1:

Dust mass fraction as a function of the initial (postshock) temperature, after isobaric cooling to 104 K. The pressure is fixed to $P_{\rm ps} / k_{\rm B} = 2.3$ $\times $ $10^{5}~[\rm cm^{-3}~K]$. The dotted line shows the result of the model which includes both inertial and thermal sputtering. As a comparison, the dashed line only shows the effect of thermal sputtering.

Figure A.1 shows the dust mass fraction remaining in the gas after isobaric cooling from the postshock temperature $T_{\rm ps}$ to 104 K as a function of the shock velocity. The dotted line includes both thermal and inertial sputtering. For comparison, the dashed line only includes dust destruction by thermal sputtering. Our calculation for thermal sputtering with a single grain size ( $a_{\rm eff} = 0.05~\mu$m) is in very good agreement with the study by Smith et al. (1996) who used a grain size distribution. For $T_{\rm ps} > 2$ $\times $ 106 K, i.e.  $V_{\rm s} > 400$ km s-1, most of the dust is destroyed before the gas has cooled to 104 K. The gas that is heated to less than ${\sim}10^6$ K keeps a major part of its dust content and may therefore form $\rm H_2$.

Appendix B: Modeling the cooling of hot gas

\end{figure} Figure B.1:

Time-dependent cooling efficiency [erg cm3 s-1] as a function of temperature during the gas cooling, for different initial conditions. The blue dashed line, $\Lambda _{\rm dust}^{\rm init} (T)$, represents the initial cooling function of the gas including the dust contribution, computed for a MRN interstellar dust size distribution (0.01 to $0.25~\mu$m dust particles). The black dashed lines are the dust cooling functions for different shock velocities (i.e. different initial temperatures) which take into account the destruction by sputtering during the cooling. The cooling function due to atomic processes, $\Lambda _{\rm gas} (T)$, is displayed for an isobaric and non-equilibrium (time-dependent) cooling, and for solar metallicities (Z=1). The dominant cooling elements at various temperatures are indicated on the curves. The red lines are the total cooling functions, $\Lambda _{\rm total} = \Lambda _{\rm dust} + \Lambda _{\rm gas}$, for different initial temperatures or shock velocities. The shock velocities are indicated in km s-1. Their starting points are indicated by the arrows.

This Appendix details how we model the cooling of the hot gas. The cooling functions used in the calculations are presented in Sect. B.1. The results are discussed in Sect. B.2.

The time dependence of both the gas temperature and the dust-to-gas mass ratio has been calculated. We start from gas at an initial postshock temperature  $T_{\rm ps}$ with a galactic dust-to-gas ratio, a solar metallicity and assume equilibrium ionization. From a range of postshock temperatures up to 104 K, the isobaric gas cooling is calculated by integrating the energy balance equation which gives the rate of decrease of the gas temperature:

\frac{5}{2} ~ k_{\rm B} ~ \frac{{\rm d} T}{{\rm d} t} = - \...
..._{\rm dust} ~ \Lambda _{\rm dust} + \Lambda _{\rm gas}\right),
\end{displaymath} (B.1)

where $\mu$ is the mean particle weight ( $\mu = 0.6~\rm a.m.u$ for a fully ionized gas), $n_{\rm e}$ is the electron density, $k_{\rm B}$ the Boltzman constant, $f_{\rm dust}$ the dust-to-gas mass ratio, $\Lambda _{\rm dust}$ and $\Lambda _{\rm gas}$ are respectively the dust and gas cooling efficiencies per unit mass of dust and gas, respectively.

The time-dependent total cooling function is the sum of the dust cooling (weighted by the remaining fraction of dust mass, see Appendix A) and the gas cooling contributions. We neglect the effect of the magnetic field on the compression of the gas. This assumption is in agreement with observations and numerical simulations, provided that the gas is not gravitationally bound (see Sect. 3.1 for details and references). The thermal gas pressure  $P_{\rm th}$ is constant in the calculations.

B.1 Physical processes and cooling functions

B.1.1 Cooling by atomic processes in the gas phase

The calculations of the non-equilibrium (time-dependent) ionization states and isobaric cooling rates of a hot, dust-free gas for the cooling efficiency by atomic processes has been taken from Gnat & Sternberg (2007). The electronic cooling efficiency, $\Lambda _{\rm gas}$, includes the removal of electron kinetic energy via recombination with ions, collisional ionization, collisional excitation followed by line emission, and thermal bremsstrahlung. $\Lambda _{\rm gas}$ is shown in Fig. B.1 (black solid line[*]) and reproduces the standard ``cosmic cooling curve'' presented in many papers in the literature (e.g. Sutherland & Dopita 1993). Note that most of the distinct features that appear for the ionization equilibrium case are smeared out in the nonequilibrium cooling functions and that the nonequilibrium abundances reduce the cooling efficiencies by factors of 2 to 4 (Sutherland & Dopita 1993; Gnat & Sternberg 2007). The chemical species that dominate the gas cooling are indicated in Fig. B.1 near the $\Lambda _{\rm gas}$ cooling curve. Over most of the temperature range, the radiative energy losses are dominated by electron-impact excitation of resonant line transitions in metal ions. At  $T \simeq 2$ $\times $ 104 K, the cooling is mainly due to the collisional excitation of hydrogen Ly$\alpha $ lines. For $T \ga 10^7$ K, the bremsstrahlung (free-free) radiation becomes dominant.

B.1.2 Cooling by dust grains

Following the method of Dwek (1987), the cooling function of the gas by the dust via electron-grain collisions has been calculated. We adopt an MRN (Mathis et al. 1977) size distribution of dust particles, between 0.01 to $0.25~\mu$m in grain radius. All the details can be found in Dwek (1987,1986), and we briefly recall here the principles of this calculation. For temperatures lower than 108 K, electron - dust grain collisions cool the gas with a cooling efficiency, $\Lambda _{\rm dust} (T)$ $[\rm erg~s^{-1}~cm^{3}]$, given by:

\Lambda ^{\rm init}_{\rm dust} (T) = \frac{\mu ~ m_{\rm H} ...
...(k_{\rm B} T)^{3/2} \! \int \! a^{2} h(a, T) f(a) ~ {\rm d}a\;
\end{displaymath} (B.2)

where $Z_{\rm d}$ is the dust-to-gas mass ratio, $m_{\rm H}$ the mass of an hydrogen atom, $m_{\rm e}$ the mass of electron, $\mu$ the mean atomic weight of the gas (in amu), f(a) the grain size distribution function (normalized to 1) in the dust size interval, $\langle m_{\rm d} \rangle$ the size-averaged mass of the dust, and h(a, T) the effective grain heating efficiency (see e.g. Dwek & Werner 1981; Dwek 1987). This initial cooling efficiency is shown with the blue dashed line of Fig. B.1 for an MRN dust size distribution and the solar neighbourhood dust-to-gas mass ratio of 7.5 $\times $ 10-3.

The comparison in Fig. B.1 of the initial cooling efficiency by the dust, $\Lambda _{\rm dust}^{^{\rm init}} (T)$, and by atomic processes, $\Lambda _{\rm gas}$, shows that, for a dust-to-gas mass ratio of $Z_{\rm d} = 7.5$ $\times $ 10-3, the dust is initially the dominant coolant of the hot postshock gas for $T \ga 10^6$ K. During the gas cooling, we calculate how much the grains are eroded and deduce the mass fraction of dust that remains in the cooling gas as a function of the temperature. The total cooling function (red curves in Fig. B.1) is deduced by summing the gas and dust cooling rates. We show different cooling efficiencies for different initial temperatures, corresponding to different shock velocities.

B.2 Results: evolution of the hot gas temperature and dust survival

The temperature profiles are shown in Fig. B.2 for different shock velocities (100 to 1000 km s-1), which corresponds to a range of preshock densities of ${\sim}0.2$ to 2 $\times $ 10-3 cm-3 for a postshock pressure of 2 $\times $ 105 K cm -3.

\end{figure} Figure B.2:

Evolution of the gas temperature with time at constant pressure, from the postshock temperature to 104 K for different shock velocities (indicated on the curves in km s-1). The dashed line is for $V_{\rm s} = 600$ km s-1, which corresponds to the SQ hot (5 $\times $ 106 K) plasma. The red vertical thick line at 5 $\times $ 106 yr indicates the collision age.

\end{figure} Figure B.3:

Dust mass fraction remaining as a function of the gas temperature, from the postshock temperature to 104 K for different shock velocities $V_{\rm s}$ [km s-1] labelled on the curves. The gas cooling is isobaric, and the thermal gas pressure is set to the average pressure of the SQ hot gas $\displaystyle P_{\rm ps}/k_{\rm B} \simeq 2.3$ $\times $ $10^{5}~{\rm cm^{-3}~K}$. The dashed line is for $V_{\rm s} = 600$ km s-1. The red dashed lines are the cooling isochrones at 105, 5 $\times $ 105 and 106 yr.

Figure B.3 shows the remaining fraction of dust mass as a function of the gas temperature. In this plot, the thermal gas pressure is constant and equals the measured average thermal gas pressure of the Stephan's Quintet hot gas $\displaystyle P_{\rm ps}/k_{\rm B} \simeq 2$ $\times $ $10^{5}~[\rm cm^{-3}~K]$. This plot illustrates a dichotomy in the evolution of the dust to gas mass ratio. On the top right side, a significant fraction of the dust survives in the gas, whereas on the left side, almost all the dust is destroyed on timescales shorter than the collision age (5 $\times $ 106 yr). In the intercloud gas shocked at high velocities ( $V_{\rm s} > 400$ km s-1), the dust mass fraction drops rapidly. In clouds where the gas is shocked at $V_{\rm s} < 300$ km s-1, the gas retains a large fraction of its dust content (>20%). For the gas that is heated to temperatures T > 106 K, the dust lifetime is shorter than the gas cooling time and most of the dust is destroyed. At lower temperatures ( T < 106 K), the dust cooling rate is lower than the gas cooling rate. Then, the dust never contributes significantly to the cooling of the postshock gas. This last result is in agreement with the earlier study by Smith et al. (1996).

Appendix C: Modeling H2 formation

\end{figure} Figure C.1:

Cooling efficiency [erg s-1 cm-3 by $\rm H_2$ S(0) to S(5) rotational lines (thin red line) and all $\rm H_2$ lines (thick red line) for the gas cooling at constant thermal pressure. Initially, the gas is ionized (see text for details), the density is $n_{\rm H} = 10$ cm-3 and temperature is T =104 K. For comparison, the local cooling rate of all the coolants is shown (green dashed line).

C.1 Cooling function for T < 104 K

This section describes the cooling of clouds below 104 K and H2 formation. We use the chemistry, and the atomic and molecular cooling functions described in Flower et al. (2003) and references therein. The principal coolants are O, $\rm H_2$, $\rm H_{2}O$ and OH (see Fig. 3 in Flower et al. 2003). The time evolution of the gas temperature and composition is computed at a fixed thermal gas pressure equal to that of the intercloud gas (2 $\times $ 105 K cm-3). The metallicity and the gas-to-dust mass ratio are assumed to be the solar neighbourhood values. The initial ionization state of the gas is the out-of-equilibrium value resulting from cooling from higher temperatures (Gnat & Sternberg 2007). We assume a standard value for the cosmic ray ionization rate of $\zeta = 5$ $\times $ 10-17 s-1 and the UV radiation field is not considered here (see Sect. 2.2). The initial temperature is 104 K and density $n_{\rm H} = 10$ cm-3. Hydrogen is initially highly ionized. During the postshock gas cooling, hydrogen recombination occurs, the neutral gas cools, $\rm H_2$ starts to form and further cools and condenses the gas.

\end{figure} Figure C.2:

Isobaric cooling of the postshock gas and $\rm H_2$ formation. The temperature (blue line, labeled on the right side) and abundance profiles relative to $n_{\rm H}$ are shown. The initial conditions and model are the same as in Fig. C.1. The final density of the molecular gas is $n(\rm H_2) = 2$ $\times $ 104 cm-3, for a temperature of ${\sim }10$ K.

Figure C.1 presents the contribution of $\rm H_2$ line emission to the total cooling function as a function of the gas temperature. It shows the cooling functions of (i) all the $\rm H_2$ lines (thick red line); (ii) the $\rm H_2$ rotational lines S(0) to S(5) detected by Spitzer(thin red line); (iii) the total cooling efficiency in which all elements are included (green dashed line). The cooling efficiencies of some other major coolants (O in blue, $\rm H_{2}O$ in purple, and OH in orange) are also indicated. H2 excitation at low temperatures (${\sim }10$ K) is dominated by the contribution associated with $\rm H_2$ formation.

C.2 H2 formation

The chemical abundance profiles in the postshock gas are illustrated in Fig. C.2 as a function of time, for the same model as in Fig. C.1 From the time when the gas attains 104 K, it takes ${\sim}3$ $\times $ 105 yrs to form $\rm H_2$. This time scales inversely with the dust-to-gas mass ratio. The $\rm H_2$ formation gives rise to a shoulder in the temperature profile around 200 K. At this point, the energy released by $\rm H_2$ formation is roughly balanced by the cooling due to atomic oxygen (see Fig. 3 in Flower et al. 2003).

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