Journal Article

Large-scale anisotropies on halo infall

Laura Ceccarelli, Dante J. Paz, Nelson Padilla and Diego G. Lambas

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 412, issue 3, pages 1778-1786
Published in print April 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.18014.x
Large-scale anisotropies on halo infall

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We perform a statistical analysis of the peculiar velocity field around dark matter haloes in numerical simulations. We examine different properties of the infall of material on to haloes and its relation to central halo shapes and the shape of the large-scale surrounding regions (LSSR).

We find that the amplitude of the infall velocity field along the halo shape minor axis is larger than that along the major axis. This is consistent for general triaxial haloes, and for both prolate and oblate systems. We also report a strong anisotropy of the velocity field along the principal axes of the LSSR.

The infall velocity field around dark matter haloes reaches a maximum value along the direction of the minor axis of the LSSR, whereas along the direction of its major axis, it exhibits the smallest velocities. We also analyse the dependence of the matter velocity field on the local environment. The amplitude of the infall velocity at high local density regions is larger than that at low local density regions. The velocity field tends to be more laminar along the direction towards the minor axis of the LSSR, where the mean ratio between flow velocity and velocity dispersion is of the order of unity and nearly constant up to scales of 15 Mpc h−1.

We also detect anisotropies in the outflowing component of the velocity field, showing a maximum amplitude along the surrounding LSSR major axis.

Keywords: methods: statistical; large-scale structure of Universe

Journal Article.  7091 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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