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Properties of Local Group galaxies in hydrodynamical simulations of sterile neutrino dark matter cosmologies

Lovell, MR and Bose, S and Boyarsky, A and Crain, RA and Frenk, CS and Hellwing, WA and Ludlow, AD and Navarro, JF and Ruchayskiy, O and Sawala, T and Schaller, M and Schaye, J and Theuns, T (2017) Properties of Local Group galaxies in hydrodynamical simulations of sterile neutrino dark matter cosmologies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 468 (4). pp. 4285-4298. ISSN 0035-8711

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Abstract

We study galaxy formation in sterile neutrino dark matter models that differ significantly from both cold and from `warm thermal relic' models. We use the EAGLE code to carry out hydrodynamic simulations of the evolution of pairs of galaxies chosen to resemble the Local Group, as part of the APOSTLE simulations project. We compare cold dark matter (CDM) with two sterile neutrino models with 7 keV mass: one, the warmest among all models of this mass (LA120) and the other, a relatively cold case (LA10). We show that the lower concentration of sterile neutrino subhalos compared to their CDM counterparts makes the inferred inner dark matter content of galaxies like Fornax (or Magellanic Clouds) less of an outlier in the sterile neutrino cosmologies. In terms of the galaxy number counts the LA10 simulations are \emph{indistinguishable} from CDM when one takes into account halo-to-halo (or `simulation-to-simulation') scatter. In order for the LA120 model to match the number of Local Group dwarf galaxies, a higher fraction of low mass haloes is required to form galaxies than is predicted by the EAGLE simulations. As the census of the Local Group galaxies nears completion, this population may provide a strong discriminant between cold and warm dark matter models.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2017 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: astro-ph.GA; astro-ph.GA
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Date Deposited: 03 May 2017 10:54
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 17:58
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/mnras/stx654
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6348

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