On the average density profile of dark-matter halos in the inner regions of massive early-type galaxies

Дата и время публикации : 2012-02-16T21:02:17Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
C. Grillo

Ссылка на журнал-издание: 2012, ApJ, 747, L15
Коментарии к cтатье: 5 pages, 2 figures, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters 747, L15
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO

Краткий обзор статьи: We study a sample of 39 massive early-type lens galaxies at redshift z < 0.3 to determine the slope of the average dark-matter density profile in the innermost regions. We keep the strong lensing and stellar population synthesis modeling as simple as possible to measure the galaxy total and luminous masses. By rescaling the values of the Einstein radius and dark-matter projected mass with the values of the luminous effective radius and mass, we combine all the data of the galaxies in the sample. We find that between 0.3 and 0.9 times the value of the effective radius the average logarithmic slope of the dark-matter projected density profile is -1.0 +/- 0.2 (i.e., approximately isothermal) or -0.7 +/- 0.5 (i.e., shallower than isothermal), if, respectively, a constant Chabrier or heavier, Salpeter-like stellar IMF is adopted. These results provide positive evidence of the influence of the baryonic component on the contraction of the galaxy dark-matter halos, compared to the predictions of dark matter-only cosmological simulations, and open a new way to test models of structure formation and evolution within the standard LCDM cosmological scenario.

Category: Physics