Mass-to-light ratio gradients in early-type galaxy haloes




Napolitano, Nicola R
Capaccioli, Massimo
Romanowsky, A J
Douglas, Nigel G
Merrifield, M R
Kuijken, Konrad
Arnaboldi, Magda
Gerhard, Ortwin
Freeman, Kenneth

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Owing to the fact that the near future should see a rapidly expanding set of probes of the halo masses of individual early-type galaxies, we introduce a convenient parameter for characterizing the halo masses from both observational and theoretical results: ∇ℓΥ, the logarithmic radial gradient of the mass-to-light ratio. Using halo density profiles from Λ-cold dark matter (CDM) simulations, we derive predictions for this gradient for various galaxy luminosities and star formation efficiencies ∈SF. As a pilot study, we assemble the available ∇ℓΥ data from kinematics in early-type galaxies - representing the first unbiased study of halo masses in a wide range of early-type galaxy luminosities - and find a correlation between luminosity and ∇ℓΥ, such that the brightest galaxies appear the most dark-matter dominated. We find that the gradients in most of the brightest galaxies may fit in well with the ΛCDM predictions, but that there is also a population of fainter galaxies whose gradients are so low as to imply an unreasonably high star formation efficiency ∈SF > 1. This difficulty is eased if dark haloes are not assumed to have the standard ΛCDM profiles, but lower central concentrations.



Keywords: Dark matter; Galaxies: evolution; Galaxies: fundamental parameters; Galaxies: haloes; Galaxies: kinematics and dynamics



Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society


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