It was recently discovered that the mean dark matter surface density within one dark halo scale-length (the radius within which the volume density profile of dark matter remains approximately flat) is constant across a wide range of galaxies. This scaling relation holds for galaxies spanning a luminosity range of 14 magnitudes and the whole Hubble sequence. Here we report that the luminous matter surface density is also constant within one scale-length of the dark halo. This means that the gravitational acceleration generated by the luminous component in galaxies is always the same at this radius. Although the total luminous-to-dark matter ratio is not constant, within one halo scale-length it is constant. Our finding can be interpreted as a close correlation between the enclosed surface densities of luminous and dark matter in galaxies.
|Titolo:||Universality of galactic surface densities within one dark halo scale-length|
|Autori:||Gentile G; Famaey B; Zhao H; SALUCCI P|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1038/nature08437|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|