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ECAP Seminar: Michael Schulreich
June 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Reconstructing the origin of the Local Bubble and Loop I via radioisotopic signatures on Earth
Deep-sea archives all over the world show an enhanced concentration of the radionuclide 60Fe, isolated in layers dating from about 2.2Myr ago. Since this comparatively long-lived isotope is not naturally produced on Earth, such an enhancement can only be attributed to extraterrestrial sources, particularly one or several nearby supernovae in the recent past. It has been speculated that these supernovae might have been involved in the formation of the Local Superbubble, our Galactic habitat. In this talk, I will summarize our efforts in giving a quantitative evidence for this scenario. Besides analytical calculations, I will present results from high-resolution hydrodynamical simulations of the Local Superbubble and its presumptive neighbor Loop I in different environments, including a self-consistently evolved supernova-driven interstellar medium. For the superbubble modeling, the time sequence and locations of the generating core-collapse supernova explosions are taken into account, which are derived from the mass spectrum of the perished members of certain, carefully preselected stellar moving groups. The release and turbulent mixing of 60Fe is followed via passive scalars, where the yields of the decaying radioisotope were adjusted according to recent stellar evolution calculations. The models are able to reproduce both the timing and the intensity of the 60Fe excess observed with rather high precision. I will close with a discussion of recent developments and give future perspectives.