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Title: A constant dark matter halo surface density in galaxies
Authors: Donato, F.
Gentile, G.
Gentile, G.
Salucci, P.
Frigerio Martins C.
Wilkinson, M. I.
Gilmore, G.
Grebel, E. K.
Koch, A.
Wyse, R.
First Published: Aug-2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2009, 397 (3), pp. 1169-1176
Abstract: We confirm and extend the recent finding that the central surface density μ0D≡r0ρ0 of galaxy dark matter haloes, where r0 and ρ0 are the halo core radius and central density, is nearly constant and independent of galaxy luminosity. Based on the co-added rotation curves (RCs) of ∼1000 spiral galaxies, the mass models of individual dwarf irregular and spiral galaxies of late and early types with high-quality RCs, and the galaxy–galaxy weak-lensing signals from a sample of spiral and elliptical galaxies, we find that log μ0D= 2.15 ± 0.2 in units of log(M⊙ pc−2). We also show that the observed kinematics of Local Group dwarf spheroidal galaxies are consistent with this value. Our results are obtained for galactic systems spanning over 14 mag, belonging to different Hubble types and whose mass profiles have been determined by several independent methods. In the same objects, the approximate constancy of μ0D is in sharp contrast to the systematical variations, by several orders of magnitude, of galaxy properties, including ρ0 and central stellar surface density.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15004.x
ISSN: 0035-8711
eISSN: 1365-2966
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2009 the authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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