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Splashback Radius in a Spherical Collapse Model

A. Del Popolo, M. Le Delliou

It was shown several years ago that dark matter halo outskirts are characterized by very steep density profiles in a very small radial range. This feature has been interpreted as a pile-up of different particle orbits at a similar location, namely, splashback material at half an orbit after collapse. Adhikari et al. (2014) obtained the location of the splashback radius through a very simple model by calculating a dark matter shell trajectory in the secondary infall model while it crosses a growing NFW profile-shaped dark matter halo. Because they imposed a halo profile instead of calculating it from the trajectories of the shells of dark matter, they were not able to find the dark matter profile around the splashback radius. In the present paper, we use an improved spherical infall model taking into account shell crossing as well as several physical effects such as ordered and random angular momentum, dynamical friction, adiabatic contraction, etc. This allows us to determine the density profile from the inner to the outer region and to study the behavior of the outer density profile. We compare the density profiles and their logarithmic slope of with the simulation results of Diemer and Kravtsov (2014), finding a good agreement between the prediction of the model and the simulations.

dwarf galaxies; galaxy clusters; modified gravity; mass–temperature relationship

Volume 8, Number 9
2022 September

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia