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Title: Galactoseismology and the local density of dark matter

Here, we model vertical breathing mode perturbations in the Milky Way's stellar disc and study their effects on estimates of the local dark matter density, surface density, and vertical force. Evidence for these perturbations, which involve compression and expansion of the Galactic disc perpendicular to its midplane, come from the SEGUE, RAVE, and LAMOST surveys. We show that their existence may lead to systematic errors of $$10\%$$ or greater in the vertical force $$K_z(z)$$ at $$|z|=1.1\,{\rm kpc}$$. These errors translate to $$\gtrsim 25\%$$ errors in estimates of the local dark matter density. Using different mono-abundant subpopulations as tracers offers a way out: if the inferences from all tracers in the Gaia era agree, then the dark matter determination will be robust. Disagreement in the inferences from different tracers will signal the breakdown of the unperturbed model and perhaps provide the means for determining the nature of the perturbation.
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States); Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
  2. Queen's Univ., Kingston, ON (Canada)
  3. Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Univ. of Chicago, Chicago, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-16-315-A-AE-PPD-T; arXiv:1608.03338
Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711; 1480936
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 464; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711
Royal Astronomical Society
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; solar neighborhood; galaxies: kinematics and dynamics; galaxies: structure; dark matter
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