David Crowe

Typical perceptions of galaxies portray a photogenic disk with spiraling arms of stars, however, there also exists a much larger volume of diffuse gas known as the circumgalactic medium (CGM) which envelops the galaxy. The notion that this halo plays a vital role in galactic development has only recently been posited and as our ability to observe this diffuse material progresses, a greater need to analyze these data emerges. From data generated by simulation code designed for multi-physics astrophysical calculations, we explore how the CGM behaves and investigate its resulting influence on galactic morphology using post-processing tools which enable visualization and observations of various physical and chemical properties to ultimately assess the validity of our simulations.