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Star Formation in Cluster Cooling Flows

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arXiv ID: astro-ph/0402081
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New X-ray observations from the {\it Chandra} and XMM-{\it Newton} observatories have shown that cooling of the intracluster medium is occurring at rates that are now approaching the star formation rates measured in cD galaxies at the bases of cooling flows. Star formation proceeds in repeated episodes, possibly indicating an intermittent fuel supply. Coupled with new evidence for heating by AGN, a new paradigm of self-regulated cooling and star formation in cluster cores is emerging.

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