Subhaloes gone Notts: subhaloes as tracers of the dark matter halo shape

Hoffmann, Kai and Planelles, Susana and Gaztanaga, Enrique and Knebe, Alexander and Pearce, Frazer R. and Lux, Hanni and Onions, Julian and Muldrew, Stuart I. and Elahi, Pascal and Behroozi, Peter and Ascasibar, Yago and Han, Jiaxin and Maciejewski, Michal and Merchan, Manuel E. and Neyrinck, Mark and Ruiz, Andres N. and Sgro, Mario A. (2014) Subhaloes gone Notts: subhaloes as tracers of the dark matter halo shape. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 442 (2). pp. 1197-1210. ISSN 1365-2966

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Abstract

We study the shapes of subhalo distributions from four dark-matter-only simulations of Milky Way-type haloes. Comparing the shapes derived from the subhalo distributions at high resolution to those of the underlying dark matter fields, we find the former to be more triaxial if the analysis is restricted to massive subhaloes. For three of the four analysed haloes, the increased triaxiality of the distributions of massive subhaloes can be explained by a systematic effect caused by the low number of objects. Subhaloes of the fourth halo show indications for anisotropic accretion via their strong triaxial distribution and orbit alignment with respect to the dark matter field. These results are independent of the employed subhalo finder. Comparing the shape of the observed Milky Way satellite distribution to those of high-resolution subhalo samples from simulations, we find agreement for samples of bright satellites, but significant deviations if faint satellites are included in the analysis. These deviations might result from observational incompleteness.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: methods: numerical, galaxies: haloes, cosmology: miscellaneous
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: 10.1093/mnras/stu933
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 12:29
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 22:43
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42582

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