A research co-led by physicists at UC Riverside and UC Irvine has discovered that darkish matter halos of ultra-diffuse galaxies are very odd, elevating questions on physicists’ understanding of galaxy formation and the construction of the universe.
Extremely-diffuse galaxies are so known as due to their extraordinarily low luminosity. The distribution of baryons—fuel and stars—is way more unfold out in ultra-diffuse galaxies in comparison with “regular” galaxies with related plenty.
Within the following Q&A, Hai-Bo Yu, an affiliate professor of physics and astronomy at UCR, shares his ideas on the findings he and UCI’s Manoj Kaplinghat, his long-term collaborator, have revealed in The Astrophysical Journal about newly found ultra-diffuse galaxies and their darkish matter halos.
Yu and Kaplinghat have been joined within the analysis by Demao Kong of Tufts College, and Filippo Fraternali and Pavel E. Mancera Piña of the College of Groningen within the Netherlands. First writer Kong will be part of UCR this fall.
Q. What’s a darkish matter halo?
A darkish matter halo is the halo of invisible matter that permeates and surrounds a galaxy or a cluster of galaxies. Though darkish matter has by no means been detected in laboratories, physicists are assured darkish matter, which makes up 85% of the universe’s matter, exists.
Q. You have discovered that darkish matter halos of the ultra-diffuse galaxies are very odd. What’s odd about them and what are you evaluating them to?
The ultra-diffuse galaxies we studied are a lot much less huge in comparison with, say, the Milky Means. They comprise quite a lot of fuel, nevertheless, and so they have a lot greater fuel mass than whole stellar mass, which is reverse to what we see within the Milky Means. The ultra-diffuse galaxies even have massive sizes.
The distribution of darkish matter in these galaxies may be inferred from the movement of fuel particles. What actually surprises us is that the presence of baryonic matter itself, predominantly within the type of fuel, is sort of adequate to clarify the measured velocity of fuel particles and leaves little room for darkish matter within the inside areas, the place a lot of the stars and fuel are situated.
That is very shocking as a result of within the case of regular galaxies, whose plenty are much like these of the ultra-diffuse galaxies, it is the alternative: Darkish matter dominates over baryonic matter. To accommodate this outcome, we conclude that these darkish matter halos will need to have a lot decrease “concentrations.” That’s, they comprise a lot much less mass of their inside areas, in comparison with these of regular galaxies. On this sense, darkish matter halos of the ultra-diffuse galaxies are “odd.”
At first look, one would anticipate that such low-concentration halos are so uncommon that the ultra-diffuse galaxies wouldn’t even exist. After wanting into the information from state-of-the-art numerical simulations of cosmic construction formation, nevertheless, we discovered the inhabitants of low-concentration halos is greater than the expectation.
Q. What was concerned in doing the research?
This can be a collaborative work. Filippo Fraternali and his pupil Pavel E. Mancera Piña are specialists on fuel dynamics of galaxies. They found that the ultra-diffuse galaxies rotate extra slowly than regular galaxies with related plenty. We labored collectively to interpret measurement knowledge of the fuel movement of those galaxies and infer their darkish matter distribution. Moreover, we analyzed knowledge from simulations of cosmic construction formation and recognized darkish matter halos which have related properties as these inferred from the ultra-diffuse galaxies.
Q. Your findings increase questions on our understanding of galaxy formation/construction formation of the universe. How?
We have now many questions concerning the formation and evolution of those newly found galaxies. For instance, the ultra-diffuse galaxies comprise quite a lot of fuel and we have no idea how this fuel is retained throughout galaxy formation. Additional, our outcomes point out that these galaxies could also be youthful than regular galaxies. The formation of the ultra-diffuse galaxies will not be properly understood, and extra work is required.
Q. What makes ultra-diffuse galaxies so fascinating?
These are wonderful objects to check due to their shocking properties, as mentioned in our work. The newly found ultra-diffuse galaxies present a brand new window for additional testing our understanding of galaxy formation, in all probability even the character of darkish matter.
Demao Kong et al, The Odd Darkish Matter Halos of Remoted Fuel-rich Ultradiffuse Galaxies, The Astrophysical Journal (2022). DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ac8875
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