Jun 23 – 28, 2014
Europe/Zurich timezone

Dark matter particle constraints from dwarf spheroidals

Jun 26, 2014, 4:50 PM
Room 5 (Tuschinski Theatre)

Room 5

Tuschinski Theatre

Presentation Dark Matter: Cosmological Aspects Dark Matter: Cosmological Aspects


Dr Jorge Penarrubia (Royal Observatory Edinburgh)


Dwarf spheroidal galaxies are the faintest galaxies in the Universe and as such play a fundamental role in galaxy formation models. In addition, their internal kinematics suggest the presence of large amounts of non-baryonic matter on very small scales. In models where dark matter (DM) consists of exotic particles formed shortly after the Big Bang, the high phase-space densities inferred in dwarf spheroidals can put strong bounds on the microscopic properties of several particle candidates. However, definite tests of dark matter models require a better understanding of the effects of baryons on the DM distribution in these galaxies. In this talk I will show that baryonic feedback is limited by inefficient star formation in low-mass haloes. I will also discuss how the current constraints on DM particle masses based on phase-space arguments suffer from the large range of halo models allowed by the data.

Primary author

Dr Jorge Penarrubia (Royal Observatory Edinburgh)

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