Letter to the Editor
Merger as intermittent accretion
Instituto de Física Teórica, Módulo C-XI Facultad de Ciencias Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain e-mail: Morgan.LeDelliou@uam.es
2 Centro de Física Teórica e Computacional, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisboa, Portugal e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 29 September 2008
Aims. The self-similar secondary infall model (SSIM) is modified to simulate a merger event.
Methods. The model encompasses spherical versions of tidal stripping and dynamical friction that agrees with the Syer & White merger paradigm's behaviour.
Results. The SSIM shows robustness in absorbing even comparable mass perturbations and returning to its original state.
Conclusions. It suggests that the approach is invertible and allows considering accretion as smooth mass-inflow merging and considering mergers as intermittent mass-inflow accretion.
Key words: cosmology: theory / cosmology: dark matter / galaxies: formation / galaxies: halos / gravitation
© ESO, 2008