Volume 518, July-August 2010Herschel: the first science highlights
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||31 August 2010|
Triaxial collapse and virialisation of dark-matter haloes
Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg, Institut für Theoretische Astrophysik, Albert-Ueberle-Str. 2, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 13 May 2010
We reconsider the ellipsoidal-collapse model and extend it in two ways: we modify the treatment of the external gravitational shear field, introducing a hybrid model in between linear and non-linear evolution, and we introduce a virialisation criterion derived from the tensor virial theorem to replace the ad hoc criterion employed so far. We compute the collapse parameters and and find that they increase with ellipticity e and decrease with prolaticity p. We marginalise them over the appropriate distribution of e and p and show the marginalised results as functions of halo mass and virialisation redshift. While the hybrid model for the external shear gives results very similar to those obtained from the non-linear model, ellipsoidal collapse changes the collapse parameters typically by (20 50)%, in a way increasing with decreasing halo mass and decreasing virialisation redshift. We qualitatively confirm the dependence on mass and virialisation redshift of a fitting formula for , but find noticeable quantitative differences in particular at low mass and high redshift. The derived mass function is in good agreement with mass functions recently proposed in the literature.
Key words: cosmology: theory / methods: analytical / dark matter / cosmological parameters / galaxies: clusters: general
© ESO, 2010
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