AGN self-regulation in cooling flow clusters

  title={AGN self-regulation in cooling flow clusters},
  author={Andrea Cattaneo and R. Teyssier},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
We use three-dimensional high-resolution adaptive-mesh-refinement simulations to investigate if mechanical feedback from active galactic nucleus jets can halt a massive cooling flow in a galaxy cluster and give rise to a self-regulated accretion cycle. We start with a 3 x 10 9 M ⊙ black hole at the centre of a spherical halo with the mass of the Virgo cluster. Initially, all the baryons are in a hot intracluster medium in hydrostatic equilibrium within the dark matter's gravitational potential… 

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