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Ultra-light dark matter in ultra-faint dwarf galaxies

Calabrese, Erminia ORCID: and Spergel, David N. 2016. Ultra-light dark matter in ultra-faint dwarf galaxies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 460 (4) , pp. 4397-4402. 10.1093/mnras/stw1256

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Cold Dark Matter (CDM) models struggle to match the observations at galactic scales. The tension can be reduced either by dramatic baryonic feedback effects or by modifying the particle physics of CDM. Here, we consider an ultra-light scalar field DM particle manifesting a wave nature below a DM particle mass-dependent Jeans scale. For DM mass m ∼ 10−22 eV, this scenario delays galaxy formation and avoids cusps in the centre of the dark matter haloes. We use new measurements of half-light mass in ultra-faint dwarf galaxies Draco II and Triangulum II to estimate the mass of the DM particle in this model. We find that if the stellar populations are within the core of the density profile then the data are in agreement with a Wave Dark Matter model having a DM particle with m ∼ 3.7–5.6 × 10−22 eV. The presence of this extremely light particle will contribute to the formation of a central solitonic core replacing the cusp of a Navarro–Frenk–White profile and bringing predictions closer to observations of cored central density in dwarf galaxies.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0035-8711
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 23 May 2016
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 08:03

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