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3D STRUCTURE OF THE GALACTIC SHOCK WAVES

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Abstract:

We present the results of 2- and 3-dimensional simulations of the vertical structure of the galactic shock wave. The aim of our study is to clarify whether galactic shocks may establish connection between disk and gaseous galactic halo. We find some curious properties of the structure of the steady state flow: multiple shocks formation and the effect of sharp bend of the shock front. We believe that galactic shock waves may serve as an effective mechanism for extended halo support.

Keywords: Galactic halo; Hydrodynamics; Interstellar medium; Spiral galaxies

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10556790215599

Affiliations: Department of Physics, Volgograd State University, 2ya Prodol'naya, 30, Volgograd 400062, Russia

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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