We determine a crucial feature of the dark halo density distribution from the fact that the luminous matter dominates the gravitational potential at about one disc scalelength R-d, but at the optical edge R(opt)similar or equal to 3R(d) the dark matter has already become the main component of the galaxy density. From the kinematics of 137 spirals we find that the dark matter halo density profiles are self-similar at least out to R-opt and show core radii much larger than the corresponding disc scalelengths. The luminous regions of spirals consist of stellar discs embedded in dark haloes with roughly constant density. This invariant dark matter profile is very difficult to reconcile with the fundamental properties of the density distribution of cold dark matter haloes. With respect to previous work, the present evidence is obtained by means of a robust method and for a large and complete sample of normal spirals.
|Titolo:||The constant-density region of the dark haloes of spiral galaxies|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1046/j.1365-8711.2001.04076.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|