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J.P. Magué & B. Ménard

[1]
Title: Angular Velocity Perturbations Inducing the Papaloizou-Pringle Instability and QPOs in the Torus around the Black Hole
Authors: Orhan Donmez
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

A numerical study of the dynamic of the nonselfgravitating, unmagnetized, nonaxisymmetric, and rotating the torus around the non-rotating black hole is presented. We investigate the instability of the rotating torus subject to perturbations presented by increasing or decreasing the angular velocity of the stable torus. We have done, for the first time, an extensive analysis of the torus dynamic response to the perturbation of the angular velocity of the stable torus. We show how the high, moderate, and low values of the perturbations affect the torus dynamic and help us to understand the properties of the instability and Quasi-Periodic Oscillation (QPO). Our numerical simulations indicate the presence of Papaloizou-Pringle instability (PPI) with global m=1 mode and QPOs for the moderate and lower values of the perturbations on the angular velocity of the stable torus. Furthermore, with the lower values of the perturbations, the torus can lead to a wiggling initially and then PPI is produced in it. Finally, the matter of the torus would be dissipated due to the presence of a strong torque.

[2]
Title: X-ray Insights into the Nature of Quasars with Redshifted Broad Absorption Lines
Comments: 11 pages, 5 figures, and 3 tables
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

We present $Chandra$ observations of seven broad absorption line (BAL) quasars at $z=0.863$-2.516 with redshifted BAL troughs (RSBALs). Five of our seven targets were detected by $Chandra$ in 4-13 ks exposures with ACIS-S. The $\alpha_{\rm ox}$ values, $\Delta\alpha_{\rm ox}$ values, and spectral energy distributions of our targets demonstrate they are all X-ray weak relative to expectations for non-BAL quasars, and the degree of X-ray weakness is consistent with that of appropriately-matched BAL quasars generally. Furthermore, our five detected targets show evidence for hard X-ray spectral shapes with a stacked effective power-law photon index of $\Gamma_{\rm eff}=0.5^{+0.5}_{-0.4}$. These findings support the presence of heavy X-ray absorption ($N_{\rm H}\approx 2 \times 10^{23}$ cm$^{-2}$) in RSBAL quasars, likely by the shielding gas found to be common in BAL quasars more generally. We use these X-ray measurements to assess models for the nature of RSBAL quasars, finding that a rotationally-dominated outflow model is favored while an infall model also remains plausible with some stipulations. The X-ray data disfavor a binary quasar model for RSBAL quasars in general.

[3]
Title: An analytic resolution to the competition between Lyman-Werner radiation and metal winds in direct collapse black hole hosts
Authors: Bhaskar Agarwal (Heidelberg University), John Regan (Dublin City University), Ralf S. Klessen (Heidelberg University), Turlough P. Downes (Dublin City University), Erik Zackrisson (Uppsala University)
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

A near pristine atomic cooling halo close to a star forming galaxy offers a natural pathway for forming massive direct collapse black hole (DCBH) seeds which could be the progenitors of the $z>6$ redshift quasars. The close proximity of the haloes enables a sufficient Lyman-Werner flux to effectively dissociate H$_2$ in the core of the atomic cooling halo. A mild background may also be required to delay star formation in the atomic cooling halo, often attributed to distant background galaxies. In this letter we investigate the impact of metal enrichment from both the background galaxies and the close star forming galaxy under extremely unfavourable conditions such as instantaneous metal mixing. We find that within the time window of DCBH formation, the level of enrichment never exceeds the critical threshold (Z$_{cr} \sim 1 \times 10^{-5} \ \rm Z_{\odot})$, and attains a maximum metallicity of Z $\sim 2 \times 10^{-6} \ \rm Z_{\odot}$. As the system evolves, the metallicity eventually exceeds the critical threshold, long after the DCBH has formed.

[4]
Title: ALMA observations of cold molecular gas in AGN hosts at z~1.5 - Evidence of AGN feedback?
Comments: 12 pages, 5 figures, 3 tables, accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA); High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

Similarly to the cosmic star formation history, the black hole accretion rate density of the Universe peaked at 1<z<3. This cosmic epoch is hence best suited for investigating the effects of radiative feedback from AGN. Observational efforts are underway to quantify the impact of AGN feedback, if any, on their host galaxies. Here we present a study of the molecular gas content of AGN hosts at z~1.5 using CO[2-1] line emission observed with ALMA for a sample of 10 AGNs. We compare this with a sample of galaxies without an AGN matched in redshift, stellar mass, and star formation rate. We detect CO in 3 AGNs with $\mathrm{L_{CO} \sim 6.3-25.1\times 10^{9} L_{\odot}}$ which translates to a molecular hydrogen gas mass of $\mathrm{2.5-10\times 10^{10} M_{\odot}}$ assuming conventional conversion factor of $\mathrm{\alpha_{CO}}\sim3.6$. Our results indicate a >99% probability of lower depletion time scales and lower molecular gas fractions in AGN hosts with respect to the non-AGN comparison sample. We discuss the implications of these observations on the impact that AGN feedback may have on star formation efficiency of z>1 galaxies.

[5]
Title: Energy Spectra of Abundant Cosmic-ray Nuclei in Sources, According to the ATIC Experiment
Journal-ref: The Astrophysical Journal, 837:77 (7pp), 2017
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

One of the main results of the ATIC (Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter) experiment is a collection of energy spectra of abundant cosmic-ray nuclei: protons, He, C, O, Ne, Mg, Si, Fe measured in terms of energy per particle in the energy range from 50 GeV to tens of teraelectronvolts. In this paper, the ATIC energy spectra of abundant primary nuclei are back-propagated to the spectra in sources in terms of magnetic rigidity using a leaky-box approximation of three different GALPROP-based diffusion models of propagation that fit the latest B/C data of the AMS-02 experiment. It is shown that the results of a comparison of the slopes of the spectra in sources are weakly model dependent; therefore the differences of spectral indices are reliable data. A regular growth of the steepness of spectra in sources in the range of magnetic rigidity of 50--1350~GV is found for a charge range from helium to iron. This conclusion is statistically reliable with significance better than 3.2 standard deviations. The results are discussed and compared to the data of other modern experiments.

[6]
Title: Nonlinearity and pixel shifting effects in HXRG infrared detectors
Comments: Accepted for publication in the Journal of Instrumentation (JINST). Part of "Precision Astronomy with Fully Depleted CCDs" (Dec 1-2, 2016), Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

We study the nonlinearity (NL) in the conversion from charge to voltage in infrared detectors (HXRG) for use in precision astronomy. We present laboratory measurements of the NL function of a H2RG detector and discuss the accuracy to which it would need to be calibrated in future space missions to perform cosmological measurements through the weak gravitational lensing technique. In addition, we present an analysis of archival data from the infrared H1RG detector of the Wide Field Camera 3 in the Hubble Space Telescope that provides evidence consistent with the existence of a sensor effect analogous to the brighter-fatter effect found in Charge-Coupled Devices. We propose a model in which this effect could be understood as shifts in the effective pixel boundaries, and discuss prospects of laboratory measurements to fully characterize this effect.

[7]
Title: Towards the firsts compelling signs of vacuum dynamics in modern cosmological observations
Comments: 39 pages, 10 Figures, and 13 Tables
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO); General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc); High Energy Physics - Phenomenology (hep-ph); High Energy Physics - Theory (hep-th)

In this paper we assess the possibility that a rigid cosmological constant, $\Lambda$, and hence the traditional concordance $\Lambda$CDM model, might not be the best phenomenological description of the current cosmological data. We show that a large class of dynamical vacuum models (DVMs), whose vacuum energy density $\rho_{\Lambda}(H)$ consists of a nonvanishing constant term and a series of powers of the Hubble rate, provides a substantially better phenomenological account of the overall $SNIa+BAO+H(z)+LSS+CMB$ cosmological observations. We find that some models within the class of DVMs, particularly the running vacuum model (RVM), appear significantly much more favored than the $\Lambda$CDM, at an unprecedented confidence level of $\sim 4\sigma$. We further support this claim by computing the Akaike and Bayesian information criteria and confirm that the RVM is strongly preferred as compared to the $\Lambda$CDM. In addition, we compare the dynamical vacuum signature encoded in the RVM to the behavior of the generic XCDM and CPL parametrizations of the dark energy, as well as to particular $\Phi$CDM (quintessence) models with specific potentials (e.g. the Peebles & Ratra potential). In all cases the most telltale sign of dynamical vacuum energy in our expanding universe lies in the combined triad of modern $BAO+LSS+CMB$ observations. In the absence of any of these three crucial data sources, the dynamical signature could not be perceived at a significant confidence level. This comprehensive paper is the expanded, and fully updated, backup version of the previously submitted, Letter-type, presentation of our results in arXiv:1606.00450.

[8]
Title: The XXL Survey: XVII. X-ray and Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Properties of the Redshift 2.0 Galaxy Cluster XLSSC 122
Authors: Adam B. Mantz (1), Zubair Abdulla (2), Steven W. Allen (1), John E. Carlstrom (2), Crispin H. A. Logan (3), Daniel P. Marrone (4), Benjamin J. Maughan (3), Jon Willis (5), Florian Pacaud (6), Marguerite Pierre (7) ((1) KIPAC Stanford/SLAC, (2) KICP U. of Chicago, (3) U. of Bristol, (4) U. of Arizona, (5) U. of Victoria, (6) U. of Bonn, (7) CEA-Saclay)
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

We present results from a 100 ks XMM-Newton observation of galaxy cluster XLSSC 122, the first massive cluster discovered through its X-ray emission at $z\approx2$. The data provide the first precise constraints on the bulk thermodynamic properties of such a distant cluster, as well as an X-ray spectroscopic confirmation of its redshift. We measure an average temperature of $kT=5.0\pm0.7$ keV; a metallicity with respect to solar of $Z/Z_{\odot}=0.33^{+0.19}_{-0.17}$, consistent with lower-redshift clusters; and a redshift of $z=1.99^{+0.07}_{-0.06}$, consistent with the earlier photo-z estimate. The measured gas density profile leads to a mass estimate at $r_{500}$ of $M_{500}=(6.3\pm1.5)\times10^{13}M_{\odot}$. From CARMA 30 GHz data, we measure the spherically integrated Compton parameter within $r_{500}$ to be $Y_{500}=(3.6\pm0.4)\times10^{-12}$. We compare the measured properties of XLSSC 122 to lower-redshift cluster samples, and find good agreement when assuming the simplest (self-similar) form for the evolution of cluster scaling relations. While a single cluster provides limited information, this result suggests that the evolution of the intracluster medium in the most massive, well developed clusters is remarkably simple, even out to the highest redshifts where they have been found. At the same time, our data reaffirm the previously reported spatial offset between the centers of the X-ray and SZ signals for XLSSC 122, suggesting a disturbed configuration. Higher spatial resolution data could thus provide greater insights into the internal dynamics of this system.

[9]
Title: OGLE-2014-SN-131: A long-rising Type Ibn supernova from a massive progenitor
Comments: 14 pages, 11 Figures. Accepted for publication in A&A
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

Type Ibn supernovae (SNe Ibn) are thought to be the core-collapse explosions of massive stars whose ejecta interact with He-rich circumstellar material (CSM). We report the discovery of a SN Ibn, with the longest rise-time ever observed, OGLE-2014-SN-131. We discuss the potential powering mechanisms and the progenitor nature of this peculiar stripped-envelope (SE), circumstellar-interacting SN. Optical photometry and spectroscopy were obtained with multiple telescopes including VLT, NTT, and GROND. We compare light curves and spectra with those of other known SNe Ibn and Ibc. CSM velocities are derived from the spectral analysis. The SN light curve is modeled under different assumptions about its powering mechanism (${^{56}}$Ni decay, CSM-interaction, magnetar) in order to estimate the SN progenitor parameters. OGLE-2014-SN-131 spectroscopically resembles SNe Ibn such as SN 2010al. Its peak luminosity and post-peak colors are also similar to those of other SNe Ibn. However, it shows an unprecedentedly long rise-time and a much broader light curve compared to other SNe Ibn. Its bolometric light curve can be reproduced by magnetar and CSM-interaction models, but not by a ${^{56}}$Ni-decay powering model. To explain the unusually long rise-time, the broad light curve, the light curve decline, and the spectra characterized by narrow emission lines, we favor a powering mechanism where the SN ejecta are interacting with a dense CSM. The progenitor of OGLE-2014-SN-131 was likely a Wolf-Rayet star with a mass greater than that of a typical SN Ibn progenitor, which expelled the CSM that the SN is interacting with.

[10]
Title: X-ray Lags in PDS 456 Revealed by Suzaku Observations
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

X-ray reverberation lags from the vicinity of supermassive black holes have been detected in almost 30 AGN. The soft lag, which is the time delay between the hard and soft X-ray light curves, is usually interpreted as the time difference between the direct and reflected emission, but is alternatively suggested to arise from the direct and scattering emission from distant clouds. By analysing the archival Suzaku observations totalling an exposure time of ~ 770 ks, we discover a soft lag of $10\pm3.4$ ks at $9.58\times10^{-6}$ Hz in the luminous quasar PDS 456, which is the longest soft lag and lowest Fourier frequency reported to date. In this study, we use the maximum likelihood method to deal with non-continuous nature of the Suzaku light curves. The result follows the mass-scaling relation for soft lags, which further supports that soft lags originate from the innermost areas of AGN and hence are best interpreted by the reflection scenario. Spectral analysis has been performed in this work and we find no evidence of clumpy partial-covering absorbers. The spectrum can be explained by a self-consistent relativistic reflection model with warm absorbers, and spectral variations over epochs can be accounted for by the change of the continuum, and of column density and ionization states of the warm absorbers.

[11]
Title: Determining the HI content of galaxies via intensity mapping cross-correlations
Comments: 8 pages, 4 figures, submitted to MNRAS
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA); Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

We propose an innovative method for measuring the neutral hydrogen (HI) content of an optically-selected spectroscopic sample of galaxies through cross-correlation with HI intensity mapping measurements. We show that the HI-galaxy cross-power spectrum contains an additive shot noise term which scales with the average HI brightness temperature of the optically-selected galaxies, allowing constraints to be placed on the average HI mass per galaxy. This approach can estimate the HI content of populations too faint to directly observe through their 21cm emission over a wide range of redshifts. This cross-correlation, as a function of optical luminosity or colour, can be used to derive HI-scaling relations. We demonstrate that this signal will be detectable by cross-correlating upcoming Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) observations with existing optically-selected samples. We also use semi-analytic simulations to verify that the HI mass can be successfully recovered by our technique in the range M_HI > 10^8 M_solar, in a manner independent of the underlying power spectrum shape. We conclude that this method is a powerful tool to study galaxy evolution, which only requires a single intensity mapping dataset to infer complementary HI gas information from existing optical and infra-red observations.

[12]
Comments: 6 pages, 3 figures, accepted for publication in ApJ
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

In the classic picture of standard thin accretion disks, the viscous heating is balanced by the radiative cooling through the diffusion process, and the radiation-pressure-dominated inner disk suffers convective instability. However, recent simulations have shown that the vertical advection process owing to the magnetic buoyancy can make significant contribution to the energy transport. In addition, no convective instability has been found by comparing the simulation results with the local convective stability criterion. In this work, following the spirit of simulations, we revisit the vertical structure of radiation-pressure-dominated thin disks by including the vertical advection process. Our study indicates a link between the additional energy transport and the convectively stable property. Thus, the vertical advection not only has significant contribution to the energy transport, but also plays an important role to make the disk convectively stable. Our analyses may be helpful to understand the discrepancy between the classic theory and simulations on standard thin disks.

[13]
Title: Does Explosive Nuclear Burning occur in Tidal Disruption Events of White Dwarfs by Intermediate Mass Black Holes ?
Comments: 16 pages, 17 figures, accepted in ApJ
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

We investigate nucleosynthesis in tidal disruption events (TDEs) of white dwarfs (WDs) by intermediate mass black holes (IMBHs). We consider various types of WDs with different masses and compositions by means of 3 dimensional (3D) smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) simulations. We model these WDs with different numbers of SPH particles, $N$, from a few $10^4$ to a few $10^7$, in order to check mass resolution convergence, where SPH simulations with $N>10^7$ (or a space resolution of several $10^6$ cm) have unprecedentedly high resolution in this kind of simulations. We find that nuclear reactions become less active with increasing $N$, and that these nuclear reactions are excited by spurious heating due to low resolution. Moreover, we find no shock wave generation. In order to investigate the reason for the absence of a shock wave, we additionally perform 1 dimensional (1D) SPH and mesh-based simulations with a space resolution ranging from $10^4$ to $10^7$ cm, using characteristic flow structure extracted from the 3D SPH simulations. We find shock waves in these 1D high-resolution simulations. One of these shock waves triggers a detonation wave. However, we have to be careful of the fact that, if the shock wave emerged at a bit outer region, it could not trigger the detonation wave due to low density. Note that the 1D initial conditions lack accuracy to precisely determine where a shock wave emerges. We need to perform 3D simulations with $\lesssim 10^6$ cm space resolution in order to conclude that WD TDEs become optical transients powered by radioactive nuclei.

[14]
Title: Probing dynamics of dark energy with latest observations
Comments: 4.5 pages, 3 figures, 1 table
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

We examine the validity of the $\Lambda$CDM model, and probe for the dynamics of dark energy using latest astronomical observations. Using the $Om(z)$ diagnosis, we find that different kinds of observational data are in tension within the $\Lambda$CDM framework. We then allow for dynamics of dark energy and investigate the constraint on dark energy parameters. We find that for two different kinds of parametrisations of the equation of state parameter $w$, a combination of current data mildly favours an evolving $w$, although the significance is not sufficient for it to be supported by the Bayesian evidence. A forecast of the DESI survey shows that the dynamics of dark energy could be detected at $7\sigma$ confidence level, and will be decisively supported by the Bayesian evidence, if the best fit model of $w$ derived from current data is the true model.

[15]
Title: Distance to the Low-velocity Cloud in the Direction of the High-velocity Compact Cloud CO--0.40--0.22
Comments: 6 pages, 5 figures, 2 tables. Accepted for publication in ApJ
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

CO--0.40--0.22 is a peculiar molecular cloud that is compact and has an extraordinary broad velocity width. It is found in the central molecular zone of our Galaxy. In this direction, there is another cloud with an H$_2$O maser spot at a lower velocity. Collision with this low-velocity cloud could be responsible for the broad velocity width of CO--0.40--0.22. We performed phase-referencing VLBI astrometry with VERA and detected the annual parallax of the H$_2$O maser spot in the low-velocity cloud to be $0.33 \pm 0.14$ mas, which corresponds to a distance of $3.07^{+2.22}_{-0.91}$ kpc from the Sun. This implies that the low-velocity cloud is located in the Galactic disk on the near side of the central molecular zone.

[16]
Title: Halo nonlinear reconstruction
Comments: 8 pages, 5 figures, submitted to ApJ
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

We apply the nonlinear reconstruction method (Zhu et al., arXiv:1611.09638) to simulated halo fields. For halo number density $2.77\times 10^{-2}$ $(h^{-1} {\rm Mpc})^{-3}$ at $z=0$, corresponding to the SDSS main sample density, we find the scale where the noise saturates the linear signal is improved to $k\gtrsim0.36\ h {\rm Mpc}^{-1}$, a factor of $2.29$ improvement in scale, or $12$ in number of linear modes. The improvement is less for higher redshift or lower halo density. We expect this to substantially improve the BAO accuracy of dense, low redshift surveys, including the SDSS main sample, 6dFGS and 21cm intensity mapping initiatives.

[17]
Title: Polarization of broad line emission from AGNs with determined virial factors
Comments: 5 pages, 1 figure. Accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We calculated the polarization degree of hydrogen Balmer broad emission lines from a number of active galactic nuclei (AGNs) with determined virial factors. The objects were selected from the sample presented by Decarli et al.(2008). In our calculations, we used the model of the flattened disc-like structure of the broad-line emission region (BLR). In this model, the expression for the virial factor makes it possible to determine the inclination angle for the flattened BLR, which in turn yields the polarization degree of the broad emission lines. As a result, we obtained the direct relation between the polarization degree and the virial factor. We also compared the determined values of the polarization degree with those obtained in polarimetric observations.

[18]
Title: The FMOS-COSMOS survey of star-forming galaxies at $z\sim1.6$. V: Properties of dark matter halos containing H$α$ emitting galaxies
Comments: 28 pages, 26 figures, submitted to ApJ
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We study the properties of dark matter halos that contain star-forming galaxies at $1.43 \le z \le 1.74$ using the FMOS-COSMOS survey. The sample consists of 516 objects with a detection of the H$\alpha$ emission line, that represent the star-forming population at this epoch having a stellar mass range of $10^{9.57}\le M_\ast/M_\odot \lesssim 10^{11.4}$ and a star formation rate range of $15\lesssim \mathrm{SFR}/(M_\odot \mathrm{yr^{-1}}) \lesssim 600$. We measure the projected two-point correlation function while carefully taking into account observational biases, and find a significant clustering amplitude at scales of $0.04$-$10~h^{-1}~\mathrm{cMpc}$, with a correlation length $r_0 = 5.21^{+0.70}_{-0.67}~h^{-1}~\mathrm{cMpc}$ and a bias $b=2.59^{+0.41}_{-0.34}$. We interpret our clustering measurement using a halo occupation distribution model. The sample galaxies appear to reside in halos with mass $M_\mathrm{h} = 4.6^{+1.1}_{-1.6}\times10^{12}~h^{-1}M_\odot$ on average that will likely become present-day halos of mass $M_\mathrm{h} (z=0) \sim2\times10^{13}~h^{-1}M_\odot$, equivalent to the typical halo mass scale of galaxy groups. We then confirm the decline of the stellar-to-halo mass ratio at $M_\mathrm{h}<10^{12}~M_\odot$, finding $M_\ast/M_\mathrm{h} \approx 5\times10^{-3}$ at $M_\mathrm{h}=10^{11.86}~M_\odot$, which is lower by a factor of 2-4 than those measured at higher masses. Finally, we use our results to illustrate the future capabilities of Subaru's Prime-Focus Spectrograph, a next-generation instrument that will provide strong constraints on the galaxy-formation scenario by obtaining precise measurements of galaxy clustering at $z>1$.

[19]
Title: Massive star formation by accretion II. Rotation: how to circumvent the angular momentum barrier?
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

Rotation plays a key role in the star-formation process, from pre-stellar cores to pre-main-sequence (PMS) objects. Understanding the formation of massive stars requires taking into account the accretion of angular momentum during their PMS phase. We study the PMS evolution of objects destined to become massive stars by accretion, focusing on the links between the physical conditions of the environment and the rotational properties of young stars. In particular, we look at the physical conditions that allow the production of massive stars by accretion. We present PMS models computed with a new version of the Geneva Stellar Evolution code self-consistently including accretion and rotation according to various accretion scenarios for mass and angular momentum. We describe the internal distribution of angular momentum in PMS stars accreting at high rates and we show how the various physical conditions impact their internal structures, evolutionary tracks, and rotation velocities during the PMS and the early main sequence. We find that the smooth angular momentum accretion considered in previous studies leads to an angular momentum barrier and does not allow the formation of massive stars by accretion. A braking mechanism is needed in order to circumvent this angular momentum barrier. This mechanism has to be efficient enough to remove more than 2/3 of the angular momentum from the inner accretion disc. Due to the weak efficiency of angular momentum transport by shear instability and meridional circulation during the accretion phase, the internal rotation profiles of accreting stars reflect essentially the angular momentum accretion history. As a consequence, careful choice of the angular momentum accretion history allows circumvention of any limitation in mass and velocity, and production of stars of any mass and velocity compatible with structure equations.

[20]
Title: Synergies between Exoplanet Surveys and Variable Star Research
Authors: Geza Kovacs
Comments: This is a review presented at "Wide-field variability surveys: a 21st-century perspective" - 22nd Los Alamos Stellar Pulsation Conference Series Meeting, held in: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2016. To appear in Web of Conferences Journal: 13 pages, 8 figures
Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

With the discovery of the first transiting extrasolar planetary system back to 1999, a great number of projects started to hunt for other similar systems. Because of the incidence rate of such systems was unknown and the length of the shallow transit events is only a few percent of the orbital period, the goal was to monitor continuously as many stars as possible for at least a period of a few months. Small aperture, large field of view automated telescope systems have been installed with a parallel development of new data reduction and analysis methods, leading to better than 1% per data point precision for thousands of stars. With the successful launch of the photometric satellites CoRot and Kepler, the precision increased further by one-two orders of magnitude. Millions of stars have been analyzed and searched for transits. In the history of variable star astronomy this is the biggest undertaking so far, resulting in photometric time series inventories immensely valuable for the whole field. In this review we briefly discuss the methods of data analysis that were inspired by the main science driver of these surveys and highlight some of the most interesting variable star results that impact the field of variable star astronomy.

[21]
Title: Radio-frequency microstructure and polarization in ion-proton pulsars
Authors: P B Jones
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

It is shown that the time-variability inherent in the ion-proton polar cap leads naturally to growth of Langmuir modes on narrow bundles of magnetic flux lines and that the observed size of micropulses is consistent with the smallest such bundle that can plausibly support the growth of the modes. The polarization of integrated profiles is revisited, specifically, the pi/2 position-angle jumps that are frequently observed accompanied by a zero in polarization. The fact that radiation emitted above ion-proton polar caps is not tangential to the local flux lines but has a finite angular distribution proves to be the essence of understanding this phenomenon as is a constraint on the shape of the polar cap. In principle, the behaviour should also be seen if the form of the polar-cap ion-proton area in a single pulse satisfies certain conditions which are explained here.

[22]
Title: Are gravitational waves spinning down PSR J1023+0038?
Comments: 5 pages, submitted to PRL
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

The pulsar J1203+0038 rotates with a frequency $\nu\approx 592$ Hz and has been observed to transition between a radio state, during which it is visible as a millisecond radio pulsar, and and a Low Mass X-ray Binary state, during which accretion powered X-ray pulsations are visible. Timing during the two phases reveals that during the LMXB phase the neutron star is spinning down at a rate of $\dot{\nu}\approx -3 \times 10^{-15}$ Hz/s, which is approximately 27\% faster than the rate measured during the radio phase, $\dot{\nu}\approx -2.4 \times 10^{-15}$ Hz/s, and at odds with the predictions of accretion models. In this letter we suggest that the increase in spin-down rate is compatible with gravitational wave emission, and in particular to the creation of a `mountain' during the accretion phase. We show that asymmetries in pycno-nuclear reaction rates in the crust can lead to a large enough mass quadrupole to explain the observed spin-down rate, which so far has no other self-consistent explanation, and that radio timing at the onset of the next millisecond radio pulsar phase can test this scenario. Another possibility is that an unstable $r$-mode with amplitude $\alpha\approx 5\times10^{-8}$ may be present in the system.

[23]
Title: The Effects of Ram-pressure Stripping and Supernova Winds on the Tidal Stirring of Disky Dwarfs: Enhanced Transformation into Dwarf Spheroidals
Authors: Stelios Kazantzidis (U.Athens), Lucio Mayer (U.Zurich), Simone Callegari (U.Zurich), Massimo Dotti (U.Milan), Leonidas A. Moustakas (JPL/Caltech)
Comments: Accepted for publication in ApJ Letters, 8 pages, 2 figures, LaTeX (uses emulateapj.cls)
Journal-ref: Astrophys.J. 836 (2017) L13
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

A conclusive model for the formation of dwarf spheroidal (dSph) galaxies still remains elusive. Owing to their proximity to the massive spirals Milky Way (MW) and M31, various environmental processes have been invoked to explain their origin. In this context, the tidal stirring model postulates that interactions with MW-sized hosts can transform rotationally supported dwarfs, resembling present-day dwarf irregular (dIrr) galaxies, into systems with the kinematic and structural properties of dSphs. Using N-body+SPH simulations, we investigate the dependence of this transformation mechanism on the gas fraction, fgas, in the disk of the progenitor dwarf. Our numerical experiments incorporate for the first time the combined effects of radiative cooling, ram-pressure stripping, star formation, supernova (SN) winds, and a cosmic UV background. For a given orbit inside the primary galaxy, rotationally supported dwarfs with gas fractions akin to those of observed dIrrs (fgas >= 0.5), demonstrate a substantially enhanced likelihood and efficiency of transformation into dSphs relative to their collisionless (fgas = 0) counterparts. We argue that the combination of ram-pressure stripping and SN winds causes the gas-rich dwarfs to respond more impulsively to tides, augmenting their transformation. When fgas >= 0.5, disky dwarfs on previously unfavorable low-eccentricity or large-pericenter orbits are still able to transform. On the widest orbits, the transformation is incomplete; the dwarfs retain significant rotational support, a relatively flat shape, and some gas, naturally resembling transition-type systems. We conclude that tidal stirring constitutes a prevalent evolutionary mechanism for shaping the structure of dwarf galaxies within the currently favored CDM cosmological paradigm.

[24]
Title: Core or cusps: The central dark matter profile of a redshift one strong lensing cluster with a bright central image
Comments: 13 Pages. Internally reviewed by the Dark Energy Survey collaboration
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO); Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

We report on SPT-CLJ2011-5228, a giant system of arcs created by a cluster at $z=1.06$. The arc system is notable for the presence of a bright central image. The source is a Lyman Break galaxy at $z_s=2.39$ and the mass enclosed within the 14 arc second radius Einstein ring is $10^{14.2}$ solar masses. We perform a full light profile reconstruction of the lensed images to precisely infer the parameters of the mass distribution. The brightness of the central image demands that the central total density profile of the lens be shallow. By fitting the dark matter as a generalized Navarro-Frenk-White profile---with a free parameter for the inner density slope---we find that the break radius is $270^{+48}_{-76}$ kpc, and that the inner density falls with radius to the power $-0.38\pm0.04$ at 68 percent confidence. Such a shallow profile is in strong tension with our understanding of relaxed cold dark matter halos; dark matter only simulations predict the inner density should fall as $r^{-1}$. The tension can be alleviated if this cluster is in fact a merger; a two halo model can also reconstruct the data, with both clumps (density going as $r^{-0.8}$ and $r^{-1.0}$) much more consistent with predictions from dark matter only simulations. At the resolution of our Dark Energy Survey imaging, we are unable to choose between these two models, but we make predictions for forthcoming Hubble Space Telescope imaging that will decisively distinguish between them.

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Title: The stability of tightly-packed, evenly-spaced systems of Earth-mass planets orbiting a Sun-like star
Comments: 18 pages, 5 figures. Submitted to Icarus
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Many of the multi-planet systems discovered to date have been notable for their compactness, with neighbouring planets closer together than any in the Solar System. Interestingly, planet-hosting stars have a wide range of ages, suggesting that such compact systems can survive for extended periods of time. We have used numerical simulations to investigate how quickly systems go unstable in relation to the spacing between planets, focusing on hypothetical systems of Earth-mass planets on evenly-spaced orbits (in mutual Hill radii). In general, the further apart the planets are initially, the longer it takes for a pair of planets to undergo a close encounter. We recover the results of previous studies, showing a linear trend in the initial planet spacing between 3 and 8 mutual Hill radii and the logarithm of the stability time. Investigating thousands of simulations with spacings up to 13 mutual Hill radii reveals distinct modulations superimposed on this relationship in the vicinity of first and second-order mean motion resonances of adjacent and next-adjacent planets. We discuss the impact of this structure and the implications on the stability of compact multi-planet systems. Applying the outcomes of our simulations, we show that isolated systems of up to five Earth-mass planets can fit in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star without close encounters for at least $10^9$ orbits.

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Title: BOSS Great Wall: morphology, luminosity, and mass
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

We study the morphology, luminosity and mass of the superclusters from the BOSS Great Wall (BGW), a recently discovered very rich supercluster complex at the redshift $z = 0.47$. We have employed the Minkowski functionals to quantify supercluster morphology. We calculate supercluster luminosities and masses using two methods. Firstly, we used data about the luminosities and stellar masses of high stellar mass galaxies with $\log(M_*/h^{-1}M_\odot) \geq 11.3$. Secondly, we applied a scaling relation that combines morphological and physical parameters of superclusters to obtain supercluster luminosities, and obtained supercluster masses using the mass-to-light ratios found for local rich superclusters. We find that the BGW superclusters are very elongated systems, with shape parameter values of less than $0.2$. This value is lower than that found for the most elongated local superclusters. The values of the fourth Minkowski functional $V_3$ for the richer BGW superclusters ($V_3 = 7$ and $10$) show that they have a complicated and rich inner structure. We identify two Planck SZ clusters in the BGW superclusters, one in the richest BGW supercluster, and another in one of the poor BGW superclusters. The luminosities of the BGW superclusters are in the range of $1 - 8\times~10^{13}h^{-2}L_\odot$, and masses in the range of $0.4 - 2.1\times~10^{16}h^{-1}M_\odot$. Supercluster luminosities and masses obtained with two methods agree well. We conclude that the BGW is a complex of massive, luminous and large superclusters with very elongated shape. The search and detailed study, including the morphology analysis of the richest superclusters and their complexes from observations and simulations can help us to understand formation and evolution of the cosmic web.

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Title: A search for sterile neutrinos in holographic dark energy cosmology: Reconciling Planck observation with the local measurement of Hubble constant
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO); General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc); High Energy Physics - Phenomenology (hep-ph)

We search for sterile neutrinos in the holographic dark energy cosmology by using the latest observational data. To perform the analysis, we employ the current cosmological observations, including the cosmic microwave background temperature power spectrum data from Planck mission, the baryon acoustic oscillation measurements, the type Ia supernova data, the redshift space distortion measurements, the shear data of weak lensing observation, the Planck lensing measurement, and the latest direct measurement of $H_0$ as well. We show that, compared to the $\Lambda$CDM cosmology, the holographic dark energy cosmology with sterile neutrinos can relieve the tension between the Planck observation and the direct measurement of $H_0$ much better. Once including the $H_0$ measurement in the global fit, we find that the hint of the existence of sterile neutrinos in the holographic dark energy cosmology can be given. Under the constraint of the all-data combination, we obtain $N_{\rm eff}= 3.76\pm0.26$ and $m_{\nu,\rm sterile}^{\rm eff}< 0.215\,\rm eV$, indicating that the detection of $\Delta N_{\rm eff}>0$ in the holographic dark energy cosmology is at the $2.75\sigma$ level and the massless or very light sterile neutrino is favored by the current observations.

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Title: The Great Pretenders Among the ULX Class
Comments: To appear in Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)

The recent discoveries of pulsed X-ray emission from three ultraluminous X-ray (ULX) sources have finally enabled us to recognize a subclass within the ULX class: the great pretenders, neutron stars (NSs) that appear to emit X-ray radiation at isotropic luminosities $L_X = 7\times 10^{39}$~erg~s$^{-1}-1\times 10^{41}$~erg~s$^{-1}$ only because their emissions are strongly beamed toward our direction and our sight lines are offset by only a few degrees from their magnetic-dipole axes. The three known pretenders appear to be stronger emitters than the presumed black holes of the ULX class, such as Holmberg II \& IX X-1, IC10 X-1, and NGC300 X-1. For these three NSs, we have adopted a single reasonable assumption, that their brightest observed outbursts unfold at the Eddington rate, and we have calculated both their propeller states and their surface magnetic-field magnitudes. We find that the results are not at all different from those recently obtained for the Magellanic Be/X-ray pulsars: the three NSs reveal modest magnetic fields of about 0.3-0.4~TG and beamed propeller-line X-ray luminosities of $\sim 10^{36-37}$~erg~s$^{-1}$, substantially below the Eddington limit.

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Title: Compton thick absorber in type 1 quasar 3C 345 revealed by Suzaku and Swift/BAT
Authors: Satoshi Eguchi
Comments: 11 pages, 3 figures, 6 tables, accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

The archival data of 3C 345, a type 1 quasar at $z = 0.5928$, obtained with Suzaku and Swift/BAT are analysed. Though previous studies of this source applied only a simple broken power law model, a heavily obscuring material is found to be required by considering Akaike information criteria. The application of the numerical torus model by Murphy & Yaqoob (2009) surprisingly reveals the existence of Compton thick type 2 nucleus with the line-of-sight hydrogen column density of the torus of $N_{\rm H} = 10^{24.5}$ cm$^{-2}$ and the inclination angle of $\theta_{\rm inc} = 90^{\circ}$. However, this model fails to account for the Eddington ratio obtained with the optical observations by Gu et al. (2001) and Shen et al. (2011), or requires the existence of a supermassive black hole binary, which was suggested by Lobanov & Roland (2005), thus this model is likely to be inappropriate for 3C 345. A partial covering ionized absorber model which accounts for absorption in "hard excess" type 1 AGNs is also applied, and finds a Compton thick absorber with the column density of $N_{\rm H} \simeq 10^{25}$ cm$^{-2}$, the ionization parameter of $\log \xi \gtrsim 2$, and the covering fraction of $75\% \lesssim f_{c} \lesssim 85\%$. Since this model obtains a black hole mass of $\log ( M_{\rm BH} / M_{\odot} ) = 9.8$, which is consistent with the optical observation by Gu et al. (2001), this model is likely to be the best-fitting model of this source. The results suggest that 3C 345 is the most distant and most obscured hard excess AGN at this time.

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Title: ATLASGAL-selected massive clumps in the inner Galaxy: V. Temperature structure and evolution
Authors: A. Giannetti (1,2), S. Leurini (1,3), F. Wyrowski (1), J. Urquhart (4), T. Csengeri (1), K. M. Menten (1), C. König (1), R. Güsten (1) ((1) Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (2) INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia and Italian ALMA Regional Centre (3) INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari (CA), Italy, (4) School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent)
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA)

(Abridged) Aims: We aim to use the progressive heating of the gas caused by the feedback of high-mass young stellar objects (YSOs) to prove the statistical validity of the most common schemes used to define an evolutionary sequence for high-mass clumps, and characterise the sensitivity of different tracers to this process. Methods: From the spectroscopic follow-ups of the ATLASGAL TOP100 sample, we selected several multiplets of CH3CN, CH3CCH, and CH3OH emission lines to derive and compare the physical properties of the gas in the clumps along the evolutionary sequence. Our findings are compared with results obtained from CO isotopologues, dust, and NH3 from previous studies on the same sample. Results: The chemical properties of each species have a major role on the measured physical properties. Low temperatures are traced by NH3, CH3OH, and CO (in the early phases), the warm and dense envelope can be probed with CH3CN, CH3CCH, and, in evolved sources via CO isotopologues. CH3OH and CH3CN are also abundant in the hot cores, and their high-excitation transitions may be good tools to study the kinematics in the hot gas surrounding the YSOs that these clumps are hosting. All tracers show, to different degrees, progressive warming with evolution. The relation between gas temperature and L/M is reproduced by a toy model of a spherical, internally heated clump. Conclusions: The evolutionary sequence defined for the clumps is statistically valid and we could identify the processes dominating in different intervals of L/M. For L/M<2Lsun/Msun a large quantity of gas is still being accumulated and compressed at the bottom of the potential well. Between 2Lsun/Msun<L/M<40Lsun/Msun the YSOs gain mass and increase in L; the first hot cores appear around L/M=10Lsun/Msun. Finally, for L/M>40Lsun/Msun HII regions become common, showing that dissipation of the parental clump dominates.

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Title: Testing cosmic acceleration for $w(z)$ parameterizations using $f_{gas}$ measurements in galaxy clusters
Comments: 21 pages, 8 Tables, 11 Figures, accepted for publication in MNRAS
Subjects: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO)

In this paper we study the cosmic acceleration for five dynamical dark energy models whose equation of state varies with redshift. The cosmological parameters of these models are constrained by performing a MCMC analysis using mainly gas mass fraction, $f_{gas}$, measurements in two samples of galaxy clusters: one reported by Allen et al. (2004), which consists of $42$ points spanning the redshift range $0.05<z<1.1$, and the other by Hasselfield et al. (2013) from the Atacama Cosmology Telescope survey, which consists of $91$ data points in the redshift range $0.118 < \mathrm{z} < 1.36$. In addition, we perform a joint analysis with the measurements of the Hubble parameter $H(z)$, baryon acoustic oscillations and the cosmic microwave background radiation from WMAP and Planck measurements to estimate the equation of state parameters. We obtained that both $f_{gas}$ samples provide consistent constraints on the cosmological parameters. We found that the $f_{gas}$ data is consistent at the $2\sigma$ confidence level with a cosmic slowing down of the acceleration at late times for most of the parameterizations. The constraints of the joint analysis using WMAP and Planck measurements show that this trend disappears. We have confirmed that the $f_{gas}$ probe provides competitive constraints on the dark energy parameters when a $w(z)$ is assumed.

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Title: An analytic method for identifying dynamically-formed runaway stars
Comments: 18 pages, 8 figures, 1 table, submitted to MNRAS
Subjects: Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

In this paper, we study the 3-body products (two single stars and a binary) of binary-binary (2+2) scattering interactions. This is done using a combination of analytic methods and numerical simulations of 2+2 scattering interactions, both in isolation and in a homogeneous background potential. We derive analytically a simple formula relating the angle between the velocity vectors of the two ejected single stars and the orbital separation of the remaining binary. We compare our analytic formulation to numerical scattering simulations, and illustrate that the agreement is excellent, both in isolation and in a homogeneous background potential. Our results are ideally suited for application to the GAIA database, which is expected to identify many hundred runaway stars. The analytic relation presented here has the potential to identify runaway stars formed dynamically with high confidence. Finally, by applying our method to the runaways AE Aur and $\mu$ Col, we illustrate that it can be used to constrain the history of the background potential, which was denser than the presently observed density in the case of the Trapezium cluster.