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ID: 10382.0, MPI für Astrophysik / Cosmology
The growth and structure of dark matter haloes
Authors:Zhao, D. H.; Mo, H. J.; Jing, Y. P.; Börner, G.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2003-02-11
Title of Journal:Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal Abbrev.:Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc.
Issue / Number:1
Start Page:12
End Page:24
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:In this paper, we analyse in detail the mass-accretion histories and structural properties of dark haloes in high- resolution N-body simulations. We model the density distribution in individual haloes using the Navarro-Frenk-White (NFW) profile. For a given halo, there is a tight correlation between its inner-scale radius r(s) and the mass within it, M- s, for all its main progenitors. Using this correlation, one can predict quite well the structural properties of a dark halo at any time in its history from its mass-accretion history, implying that the structure properties and the mass-accretion history are closely correlated. The predicted growing rate of concentration c with time tends to increase with decreasing mass-accretion rate. The build-up of dark haloes in cold dark matter (CDM) models generally consists of an early phase of fast accretion (where the halo mass M-h increases with time much faster than the expansion rate of the Universe) and a late phase of slow accretion (where M-h increases with time approximately as the expansion rate). These two phases are separated at a time when c similar to 4 and the typical binding energy of the halo is approximately equal to that of a singular isothermal sphere with the same circular velocity. Haloes in the two accretion phases show systematically different properties, for example, the circular velocity v(h) increases rapidly with time in the fast accretion phase but remains almost constant in the slow accretion phase, the inner properties of a halo, such as r(s) and M-s increase rapidly with time in the fast accretion phase but change only slowly in the slow accretion phase, the inner circular velocity v(s) is approximately equal to v(h) in the fast accretion phase but is larger in the slow accretion phase. The potential well associated with a halo is built up mainly in the fast accretion phase, while a large amount of mass can be accreted in the slow accretion phase without changing the potential well significantly. We discuss our results in connection with the formation of dark haloes and galaxies in hierarchical models.
Free Keywords:galaxies : clusters : general; galaxies : formation; cosmology : theory; dark matter; large-scale structure of Universe
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astrophysik
External Affiliations:MPI Astrophys, Partner Grp, Shanghai Astron Observ, Nandan Rd; 80, Shanghai 200030, Peoples R China; MPI Astrophys, Partner Grp, Shanghai Astron Observ, Shanghai 200030, Peoples R China; Max Planck Inst Astrophys, D-85748 Garching, Germany
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