Are great disks defined by satellite galaxies in Milky-Way type halos rare in ΛCDM?
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory; the Partner Group of MPA, Nandan Road 80, Shanghai 200030, PR China e-mail: email@example.com
2 University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL, UK
3 Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Karl-Schwarzschild-strasse 1, Garching 85748, Germany
Accepted: 2 March 2005
We study the spatial distribution of satellite galaxies by assuming that they follow the dark matter distribution. This assumption is supported by semi-analytical studies based on high-resolution numerical simulations. We find that for a Milky-Way type halo, if only a dozen satellite galaxies are observed, then they can lie on a “great” disk with an rms height of about 40 kpc. The normal to the plane is roughly isotropic on the sky. These results are consistent with the observed properties of the satellite galaxies in the Milky Way. If, however, the satellite galaxies follow the distribution of substructure selected by the present mass, then great disks similar to the one in the Milky Way will be rare and difficult to reproduce, in agreement with the conclusion reached by Kroupa et al. (2004).
Key words: Galaxy: evolution / Galaxy: halo / galaxies: dwarf / galaxies: structure
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