Do arcs require flat halo cusps?
ITA, Universität Heidelberg, Tiergartenstr. 15, 69121 Heidelberg, Germany
2 Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Padova, vicolo dell'Osservatorio 5, 35122 Padova, Italy
Corresponding author: M. Bartelmann, email@example.com
Accepted: 6 February 2004
It was recently claimed that several galaxy clusters containing radial and tangential gravitational arcs and having a measured velocity-dispersion profile for the brightest cluster galaxy had to have central density profiles considerably flatter than those found in CDM cluster simulations. Using a simple analytic mass model, we confirm this result for axially symmetric mass distributions. However, we demonstrate that steep density profiles are well in agreement with the cluster requiring the flattest axially symmetric profile once even small deviations from axial symmetry are introduced.
Key words: gravitational lensing / galaxies: clusters: general / cosmology: dark matter
© ESO, 2004