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08 July 2020
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Concentrations and Assembly Histories of Dark Matter Halos
Risa H. Wechsler ; James S. Bullock ; J. R. Primack ; Andrey V. Kravtsov ; Avishai Dekel ;
Date 5 Nov 2001
Subject astro-ph
Affiliation1,2), James S. Bullock , J. R. Primack , Andrey V. Kravtsov , Avishai Dekel (UCSC UMichigan Ohio State Jerusalem
AbstractWe study the relation between the density profiles of dark matter halos and their mass assembly histories, using a statistical sample of halos in a high-resolution N-body simulation of the LCDM cosmology. For each halo at z=0, we identify its merger-history tree, and determine concentration parameters c_vir for all progenitors, thus providing a structural merger tree for each halo. We fit the mass accretion histories by a universal function with one parameter, the formation epoch a_c, defined when the log mass accretion rate dlog M/doga falls below a critical value. We find that late forming galaxies tend to be less concentrated, such that c_vir ``observed’’ at any epoch a_obs is strongly correlated with a_c via c_vir=c_1 a_obs/a_c. Scatter about this relation is mostly due to measurement errors in c_vir and a_c, implying that the actual spread in c_vir for halos of a given mass can be mostly attributed to scatter in a_c. Because of the direct connection between halo concentration and velocity rotation curves, and because of probable connections between halo mass assembly history and star formation history, the tight correlation between these properties provides an essential new ingredient for galaxy formation modeling.
Source arXiv, astro-ph/0111069
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