Simulations of Galaxy Clusters with the FLASH code

John ZuHone, University of Chicago


Clusters of galaxies are important tools for constraining cosmology as well as being interesting laboratories for investigating many different physical processes. Cutting-edge numerical simulations of galaxy clusters can shed light on observations in visible light, X-rays, and the S-Z effect, as well as help determine scaling relations between cluster quantities, investigate possible sources of cosmic ray acceleration, and probe the very structure of dark matter itself. FLASH, a modular multi-physics astrophysical simulation code incorporating adaptive mesh refinement, hydrodynamics, and particle mesh physics is an ideal code for investigating galaxy clusters. I will describe how FLASH is being applied in this area.

Abstract Author(s): J. A. ZuHone, D. Q. Lamb