On the formation of cold fronts in massive mergers

  title={On the formation of cold fronts in massive mergers},
  author={H. Mathis and Guilhem Lavaux and Jose M. Diego and J. Silk University of Oxford and A. J. Green Astrophysics Department and E. N. S. Cachan},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
Using adiabatic hydrodynamical simulations, we follow the evolution of two symmetric cold fronts forming in the remnant of a violent z= 0.3 massive cluster merger. Because the fronts develop after the first passage of the two gas cores of the merging subclusters, and because they soon move ahead of their associated dark matter cores, both the structure and the location of our simulated cold fronts may correspond to a stage that is later than that of most cold fronts observed so far. The cold… Expand
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