Galaxy simulation with dust formation and destruction

Shohei Aoyama, Kuan Chou Hou, Ikkoh Shimizu, Hiroyuki Hirashita, Keita Todoroki, Jun Hwan Choi, Kentaro Nagamine

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

97 Scopus citations


We perform smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) simulations of an isolated galaxy with a new treatment for dust formation and destruction. To this aim, we treat dust and metal production self-consistently with star formation and supernova (SN) feedback. For dust, we consider a simplified model of grain size distribution by representing the entire range of grain sizes with large and small grains. We include dust production in stellar ejecta, dust destruction by SN shocks, grain growth by accretion and coagulation and grain disruption by shattering. We find that the assumption of fixed dust-to-metal mass ratio becomes no longer valid when the galaxy is older than 0.2 Gyr, at which point the grain growth by accretion starts to contribute to the non-linear rise of dust-to-gas ratio. As expected in our previous one-zone model, shattering triggers grain growth by accretion since it increases the total surface area of grains. Coagulation becomes significant when the galaxy age is greater than ~ 1 Gyr; at this epoch, the abundance of small grains becomes high enough to raise the coagulation rate of small grains.We further compare the radial profiles of dust-to-gas ratio (D) and dust-to-metal ratio (D/Z, i.e. depletion) at various ages with observational data.We find that our simulations broadly reproduce the radial gradients of dust-to-gas ratio and depletion. In the early epoch (≲ 0.3 Gyr), the radial gradient of D follows the metallicity gradient with D/Z determined by the dust condensation efficiency in stellar ejecta, while the D gradient is steeper than the Z gradient at the later epochs because of grain growth by accretion. The framework developed in this paper is applicable to any SPH-based galaxy evolution simulations including cosmological ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-121
Number of pages17
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Dust
  • Extinction
  • Galaxies: ISM
  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: formation
  • Methods: numerical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Galaxy simulation with dust formation and destruction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this