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Title:
The radial acceleration relation in disc galaxies in the MassiveBlack-II simulation
Authors:
Tenneti, Ananth; Mao, Yao-Yuan; Croft, Rupert A. C.; Di Matteo, Tiziana; Kosowsky, Arthur; Zago, Fernando; Zentner, Andrew R.
Affiliation:
AA(McWilliams Center for Cosmology and Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA), AB(Department of Physics and Astronomy and Pittsburgh Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center (PITT PACC), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA 0000-0002-1200-0820), AC(McWilliams Center for Cosmology and Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA), AD(McWilliams Center for Cosmology and Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA), AE(Department of Physics and Astronomy and Pittsburgh Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center (PITT PACC), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA), AF(Department of Physics and Astronomy and Pittsburgh Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center (PITT PACC), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA), AG(Department of Physics and Astronomy and Pittsburgh Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center (PITT PACC), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA)
Publication:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 474, Issue 3, p.3125-3132 (MNRAS Homepage)
Publication Date:
03/2018
Origin:
OUP
Astronomy Keywords:
methods: numerical, galaxies: haloes, galaxies: kinematics and dynamics, dark matter
Abstract Copyright:
2017 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI:
10.1093/mnras/stx3010
Bibliographic Code:
2018MNRAS.474.3125T

Abstract

A strong correlation has been measured between the observed centripetal accelerations in galaxies and the accelerations implied by the baryonic components of galaxies. This empirical radial acceleration relation must be accounted for in any viable model of galaxy formation. We measure and compare the radial accelerations contributed by baryons and by dark matter in disc galaxies in the MassiveBlack-II hydrodynamic galaxy formation simulation. The sample of 1594 galaxies spans three orders of magnitude in luminosity and four in surface brightness, comparable to the observed sample from the Spitzer Photometry and Accurate Rotation Curves (SPARC) data set used by McGaugh, Lelli & Schombert. We find that radial accelerations contributed by baryonic matter only and by total matter are highly correlated, with only small scatter around their mean or median relation, despite the wide ranges of galaxy luminosity and surface brightness. We further find that the radial acceleration relation in this simulation differs from that of the SPARC sample, and can be described by a simple power law in the acceleration range we are probing.
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