The effective stability parameter for two-component galactic discs: is 1/Q ~ 1/Q_stars + 1/Q_gas ?
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2011

The Wang-Silk approximation, Q-1≈Q-1stars+Q-1gas, is frequently used for estimating the effective Q parameter in two-component discs of stars and gas. Here we analyse this approximation in detail, and show how its accuracy depends on the radial velocity dispersions and Toomre parameters of the two components. We then propose a much more accurate but still simple approximation for the effective Q parameter, which further takes into account the stabilizing effect of disc thickness. Our effective Q parameter is a natural generalization of Toomre's Q, and as such can be used in a wide variety of contexts, e.g. for predicting star formation thresholds in galaxies or for measuring the stability level of galactic discs at low and high redshifts.


Alessandro Romeo

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

Joachim Wiegert

Chalmers, Rymd- och geovetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

0035-8711 (ISSN) 1365-2966 (eISSN)

Vol. 416 2 1191-1196


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi


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