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Unveiling dark haloes in lensing galaxies


Ferreras, I; Saha, P; Burles, S (2008). Unveiling dark haloes in lensing galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 383(3):857-863.

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We present a spatially resolved comparison of the stellar mass and total mass surface distributions of nine early-type galaxies. The galaxies are a subset of the Sloan Lens ACS Survey. The total mass distributions are obtained by exploring pixelated mass models that reproduce the lensed images. The stellar mass distributions are derived from population-synthesis models fit to the photometry of the lensing galaxies. Uncertainties – mainly model degeneracies – are also computed. Stars can account for all the mass in the inner regions. A Salpeter initial mass function actually gives too much stellar mass in the inner regions and hence appears ruled out. Dark matter becomes significant by the half-light radius and becomes increasingly dominant at larger radii. The stellar and dark components are closely aligned, but the actual ellipticities are not correlated. Finally, we attempt to intuitively summarize the results by rendering the density, stellar versus dark ratio, and uncertainties as false-colour maps.

We present a spatially resolved comparison of the stellar mass and total mass surface distributions of nine early-type galaxies. The galaxies are a subset of the Sloan Lens ACS Survey. The total mass distributions are obtained by exploring pixelated mass models that reproduce the lensed images. The stellar mass distributions are derived from population-synthesis models fit to the photometry of the lensing galaxies. Uncertainties – mainly model degeneracies – are also computed. Stars can account for all the mass in the inner regions. A Salpeter initial mass function actually gives too much stellar mass in the inner regions and hence appears ruled out. Dark matter becomes significant by the half-light radius and becomes increasingly dominant at larger radii. The stellar and dark components are closely aligned, but the actual ellipticities are not correlated. Finally, we attempt to intuitively summarize the results by rendering the density, stellar versus dark ratio, and uncertainties as false-colour maps.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute for Computational Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:January 2008
Deposited On:26 Feb 2009 14:59
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:06
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0035-8711
Additional Information:The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.12606.x
Related URLs:http://arxiv.org/abs/0710.3159
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-16564

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