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The lensing properties of subhaloes in massive elliptical galaxies in sterile neutrino cosmologies

Despali, G, Lovell, M, Vegetti, S, Crain, RA and Oppenheimer, BD (2019) The lensing properties of subhaloes in massive elliptical galaxies in sterile neutrino cosmologies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 491 (1). pp. 1295-1310. ISSN 0035-8711

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Abstract

We use high-resolution hydrodynamical simulations run with the EAGLE model of galaxy formation to study the differences between the properties of - and subsequently the lensing signal from - subhaloes of massive elliptical galaxies at redshift 0.2, in Cold and Sterile Neutrino (SN) Dark matter models. We focus on the two 7 keV SN models that bracket the range of matter power spectra compatible with resonantly-produced SN as the source of the observed 3.5 keV line. We derive an accurate parametrisation for the subhalo mass function in these two SN models relative to CDM, as well as the subhalo spatial distribution, density profile, and projected number density and the dark matter fraction in subhaloes. We create mock lensing maps from the simulated haloes to study the differences in the lensing signal in the framework of subhalo detection. We find that subhalo convergence is well described by a log-normal distribution and that signal of subhaloes in the power spectrum is lower in SN models with respect to CDM, at a level of 10 to 80 per cent, depending on the scale. However, the scatter between different projections is large and might make the use of power-spectrum studies on the typical scales of current lensing images very difficult. Moreover, in the framework of individual detections through gravitational imaging a sample of ~30 lenses with an average sensitivity of M_sub=5x10^7M_sun would be required to discriminate between CDM and the considered sterile neutrino models.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2019 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 12:32
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2020 12:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/mnras/stz3068
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12168

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