Journal Article

Spin and structural halo properties at high redshift in a Λ cold dark matter universe

Andrew J. Davis and Priyamvada Natarajan

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 407, issue 1, pages 691-703
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online August 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16956.x
Spin and structural halo properties at high redshift in a Λ cold dark matter universe

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In this paper, we examine in detail the key structural properties of high-redshift dark matter haloes as a function of their spin parameter. We perform and analyse high-resolution cosmological simulations of the formation of structure in a Λ cold dark matter universe. We study the mass function, shapes, density profiles and rotation curves for a large sample of dark matter haloes from z= 15 to 6. We also present detailed convergence tests for individual haloes. We find that high-spin haloes have stronger clustering strengths (up to 25 per cent) at all mass and redshift ranges at these early epochs. High-redshift spherical haloes are also up to 50 per cent more clustered than extremely aspherical haloes. High-spin haloes at these redshifts are also preferentially found in high-density environments, and have more neighbours than their low-spin counterparts. We report a systematic offset in the peak of the circular velocity curves for high- and low-spin haloes of the same mass. Therefore, estimating halo masses without knowledge of the spin, using only the circular velocity can yield errors of up to 40 per cent. The significant dependence of key structural properties on spin that we report here likely has important implications for studies of star formation and feedback from these galaxies.

Keywords: galaxies: formation; galaxies: high-redshift; dark matter; early Universe

Journal Article.  8516 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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