Galaxies in a Box: A Simulated View of the Interstellar Medium

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We review progress in the development of physically realistic three dimensional simulated models of the galaxy. We consider the scales from star forming molecular clouds to the full spiral disc. Models are computed using hydrodynamic (HD) or magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations and may include cosmic ray or tracer particles. The dynamical scales covered, ranging from the full galaxy structure, through the turbulent scales of supernova (SN) explosions, down to cloud collapse and star formation, make it impossible with current computing tools and resources to resolve all of these in one model. We therefore consider a hierarchy of models and how they can be related to enhance our understanding of the complete galaxy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLarge-Scale Magnetic Fields in the Universe
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameSpace Science Reviews
ISSN (Print)0038-6308


  • ISM
  • Simulations
  • Magnetohydrodynamic
  • MHD
  • Hydrodynamic
  • Supernova
  • Cosmic rays
  • Magnetic field
  • Galaxy

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