A Systematic Study of Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability in Galaxy Clusters

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Kelvin]Helmholtz instabilities (KHI) were observed at cold fronts in a handful of clusters. KHI are predicted at all cold fronts in hydro simulation of intracluster medium (ICM). Their presence and absence provides a unique probe of transport processes in the hot plasma, which are essential to the dissipation and redistribution of the energy in the ICM. We propose the first systematic study of the prevalence of KHI in galaxy clusters by analyzing the archived Chandra observations of a sample of 50 nearby galaxy clusters. We will associate the occurrence and properties of KHI rolls with various cluster parameters such as their gas temperature and density, and put constraints on effective transport coefficients in the ICM.
Effective start/end date7/1/196/30/21


  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: $78,000.00


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