Radio jet-ISM interaction and positive radio-mechanical feedback in Abell 1795

Prathamesh D. Tamhane, Brian R. McNamara, Helen R. Russell, Francoise Combes, Yu Qiu, Alastair C. Edge, Roberto Maiolino, Andrew C. Fabian, Paul E.J. Nulsen, R. Johnstone, Stefano Carniani

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    Abstract

    We present XSHOOTER observations with previous ALMA, MUSE, and HST observations to study the nature of radio jet triggered star formation and the interaction of radio jets with the interstellar medium in the brightest cluster galaxy (BCG) in the Abell 1795 cluster. Using HST UV data, we determined an ongoing star formation rate of 9.3 M· yr-1. The star formation follows the global Kennicutt-Schmidt law; however, it has a low efficiency compared to circumnuclear starbursts in nearby galaxies with an average depletion time of ∼1 Gyr. The star formation and molecular gas are offset by ∼1 kpc indicating that stars have decoupled from the gas. We detected an arc of high linewidth in ionized gas where electron densities are elevated by a factor of ∼4 suggesting a shock front driven by radio jets or peculiar motion of the BCG. An analysis of nebular emission line flux ratios suggests that the gas is predominantly ionized by star formation with a small contribution from shocks. We also calculated the velocity structure function (VSF) of the ionized and molecular gases using velocity maps to characterize turbulent motion in the gas. The ionized gas VSF suggests that the radio jets are driving supersonic turbulence in the gas. Thus radio jets cannot only heat the atmosphere on large scales and may quench star formation on longer time-scales while triggering star formation in positive feedback on short time-scales of a few million years.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3338-3356
    Number of pages19
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Volume519
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

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