Austin Gilbert

Evolution of galactic structure is intimately connected to the star formation rate of the galaxy of interest, but the mechanisms regulating this quantity are not all clear. Based off of theoretical considerations of thermal instability, we examine global thermodynamic properties of the circumgalactic medium in real space and phase space as well as their correlation to the star formation rate for a number of highly resolved simulations with slight differences in bulk galactic properties for evidence of a precipitation feedback mechanism. Utilizing specialized post processing tools, we are also able to generate mock observations of absorption spectra from background quasars and examine which atomic species are well correlated to the thermodynamic properties of the circumgalactic medium.