Journal Article

Theoretical dark matter halo kinematics and triaxial shape

Eduard Salvador-Solé, Sinue Serra, Alberto Manrique and Guillermo González-Casado

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 424, issue 4, pages 3129-3144
Published in print August 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online August 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Theoretical dark matter halo kinematics and triaxial shape

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In a recent paper, Salvador-Solé et al. have derived the typical inner structure of dark matter haloes from that of peaks in the initial random Gaussian density field, determined by the power spectrum of density perturbations characterizing the hierarchical cosmology under consideration. In this paper, we extend this formalism to the typical kinematics and triaxial shape of haloes. Specifically, we establish the link between such halo properties and the power spectrum of density perturbations through the typical shape of peaks. The trends of the predicted typical halo shape, pseudo-phase-space density and anisotropy profiles are in good agreement with the results of numerical simulations. Our model sheds light on the origin of the power-law-like pseudo-phase-space density profile for virialized haloes.

Keywords: methods: analytic; galaxies: haloes; cosmology: theory; dark matter

Journal Article.  9468 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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