Abstract

We explore similarities in the luminosity distribution of early type galaxies and the mass profiles of LCDM halos. The spatial structure of these systems may be accurately described by a simple law where the logarithmic slope of the projected density is a power law of radius; the Sérsic law. We show that this law provides a significantly better fit than a three-parameter generalization of the NFW profile and derive the best-fitting Sérsic parameters for a set of high-resolution LCDM halos spanning a wide range in mass. The mean Sérsic n values are 3.0 for dwarf- and galaxy-sized halos and 2.4 for cluster-sized halos, similar to the values that characterize luminous elliptical galaxies. We discuss possible reasons why the same law should describe dark and luminous systems that span a range of over seven decades in mass.

Publication Date

5-10-2005

Comments

Also archived in: arXiv: astro-ph/0502515 v1 24 Feb 2005 DM was supported by grants AST-0206031, AST-0420920 and AST-0437519 from the NSF and grantNNG04GJ48G fromNASA. JFN acknowledges support fromthe Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

Document Type

Article

Department, Program, or Center

School of Physics and Astronomy (COS)

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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