Rotation of galaxy dark matter halos

Stéphane Herbert-Fort, Dennis F Zaritsky, Yeun Jin Kim, Jeremy Bailin, James E. Taylor

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Abstract

The degree to which outer dark matter halos of spiral galaxies rotate with the disk is sensitive to their accretion history and may be probed with associated satellite galaxies. We use the Steward Observatory Bok telescope to measure the sense of rotation of nearby isolated spirals and combine these data with those of their associated satellites (drawn from SDSS) to directly test predictions from numerical simulations. We aim to constrain models of galaxy formation by measuring the projected component of the halo angular momentum that is aligned with that of spiral galaxy disks, Jz. We find the mean bulk rotation of the ensemble satellite system to be co-rotating with the disk with a velocity of 22 13 km/s, in general agreement with previous observational studies and suggesting that galaxy disks could be formed by halo baryons collapsing by a factor of 10. We also find a prograde satellite fraction of 51% and Jz, of the satellite system to be positively correlated with the disk, albeit at low significance (2655 2232 kpc km/s).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Volume2
Issue numberS235
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StatePublished - Aug 2006

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Keywords

  • Galaxies: evolution - galaxies: halos - galaxies: structure - dark matter

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Rotation of galaxy dark matter halos. / Herbert-Fort, Stéphane; Zaritsky, Dennis F; Kim, Yeun Jin; Bailin, Jeremy; Taylor, James E.

In: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, Vol. 2, No. S235, 08.2006, p. 104.

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Herbert-Fort, Stéphane ; Zaritsky, Dennis F ; Kim, Yeun Jin ; Bailin, Jeremy ; Taylor, James E. / Rotation of galaxy dark matter halos. In: Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. 2006 ; Vol. 2, No. S235. pp. 104.
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