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Universal subhalo accretion in cold and warm dark matter cosmologies

Bogna Kubik
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Noam I. Libeskind
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Alexander Knebe
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Gustavo Yepes
Stefan Gottlöber
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Yehuda Hoffman
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The influence of the large-scale structure on host haloes may be studied by examining the angular infall pattern of subhaloes. In particular, since warm dark matter (WDM) and cold dark matter (CDM) cosmologies predict different abundances and internal properties for haloes at the low-mass end of the mass function, it is interesting to examine if there are differences in how these low-mass haloes are accreted. The accretion events are defined as the moment a halo becomes a substructure, namely when it crosses its host’s virial radius. We quantify the cosmic web at each point by the shear tensor and examine where, with respect to its eigenvectors, such accretion events occur in ΛCDM and ΛWDM (1 keV sterile neutrino) cosmological models. We find that the CDM and WDM subhaloes are preferentially accreted along the principal axis of the shear tensor corresponding to the direction of weakest collapse. The beaming strength is modulated by the host and subhalo masses and by the redshift at which the accretion event occurs. Although strongest for the most massive hosts and subhaloes at high redshift, the preferential infall is found to be always aligned with the axis of weakest collapse, thus we say that it has universal nature. We compare the strength of beaming in the ΛWDM cosmology with the one found in the ΛCDM scenario. While the main findings remain the same, the accretion in the ΛWDM model for the most massive host haloes appears more beamed than in ΛCDM cosmology across all the redshifts.

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hal-01645726 , version 1 (23-11-2017)



Bogna Kubik, Noam I. Libeskind, Alexander Knebe, Hélène Courtois, Gustavo Yepes, et al.. Universal subhalo accretion in cold and warm dark matter cosmologies. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2017, 472 (4), pp.4099-4109. ⟨10.1093/mnras/stx2263⟩. ⟨hal-01645726⟩
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