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Journal Articles Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters Year : 2016

The problematic growth of dust in high-redshift galaxies

A. Ferrara
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S. Viti
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Dust growth via accretion of gas species has been proposed as the dominant process to increase the amount of dust in galaxies. We show here that this hypothesis encounters severe difficulties that make it unfit to explain the observed UV and IR properties of such systems, particularly at high redshifts. Dust growth in the diffuse ISM phases is hampered by (a) too slow accretion rates, (b) too high dust temperatures, and (c) the Coulomb barrier that effectively blocks accretion. In molecular clouds these problems are largely alleviated. Grains are cold (but not colder than the CMB temperature, TCMB ≈ 20 K at redshift z = 6). However, in dense environments accreted materials form icy water mantles, perhaps with impurities. Mantles are immediately (≲1 yr) photo-desorbed as grains return to the diffuse ISM at the end of the cloud lifetime, thus erasing any memory of the growth. We conclude that dust attenuating stellar light at high-z must be ready-made stardust largely produced in supernova ejecta.
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insu-03691479 , version 1 (09-06-2022)

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A. Ferrara, S. Viti, C. Ceccarelli. The problematic growth of dust in high-redshift galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 2016, 463, pp.L112-L116. ⟨10.1093/mnrasl/slw165⟩. ⟨insu-03691479⟩
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