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Institution(s): 1. University of Cambridge
The formation and evolution of high mass galaxies across cosmic time is believed to be fundamentally related to the activity and growth of their constituent supermassive black holes. Such black holes with masses of over a billion solar masses were in place in galaxies when the Universe was less than ten percent of its current age, leaving in doubt whether known mechanisms of forming black holes could be responsible for seeding these massive objects and posing the question of how such objects impacted the early Universe. We study a channel, whereby the runaway stellar collisions in high redshift, metal poor, star clusters result in very massive stars of up to ~1000 M⊙, which can then directly collapse into intermediate mass black holes. We present novel, high resolution, hydrodynamical, zoom-in simulations, with non-equilibrium cooling to follow the detailed chemical properties, collapse, and evolution of a pair high redshift dwarf galaxies which subsequently produce a metal enriched, dense, gaseous clump. We then use the spatial configuration of this flattened, asymmetrical birth cloud to set the initial conditions for simulations of an initially non-spherical star cluster with a direct summation code. We find that, for a variety of different parameters, collisional runaway is a promising mechanism to produce large numbers of high redshift seeds required for the formation of super massive black holes by z=6.