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Title: A statistical investigation of the mass discrepancy–acceleration relation

We use the mass discrepancy–acceleration relation (the correlation between the ratio of total-to-visible mass and acceleration in galaxies; MDAR) to test the galaxy–halo connection. Here, we analyse the MDAR using a set of 16 statistics that quantify its four most important features: shape, scatter, the presence of a ‘characteristic acceleration scale’, and the correlation of its residuals with other galaxy properties. We construct an empirical framework for the galaxy–halo connection in LCDM to generate predictions for these statistics, starting with conventional correlations (halo abundance matching; AM) and introducing more where required. Comparing to the SPARC data, we find that: (1) the approximate shape of the MDAR is readily reproduced by AM, and there is no evidence that the acceleration at which dark matter becomes negligible has less spread in the data than in AM mocks; (2) even under conservative assumptions, AM significantly overpredicts the scatter in the relation and its normalization at low acceleration, and furthermore positions dark matter too close to galaxies’ centres on average; (3) the MDAR affords 2σ evidence for an anticorrelation of galaxy size and Hubble type with halo mass or concentration at fixed stellar mass. Lastly, our analysis lays the groundwork for a bottom-up determinationmore » of the galaxy–halo connection from relations such as the MDAR, provides concrete statistical tests for specific galaxy formation models, and brings into sharper focus the relative evidence accorded by galaxy kinematics to LCDM and modified gravity alternatives.« less
  1. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Kavli Inst. for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology and Physics Dept.; SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
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Journal Volume: 464; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0035-8711
Royal Astronomical Society
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SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; galaxies formation; galaxies fundamental parameters; galaxies haloes; galaxies kinematics and dynamics; dark matter
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