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Title: The scatter, residual correlations and curvature of the sparc baryonic Tully–Fisher relation

In recent work, Lelli et al. argue that the tightness of the baryonic Tully–Fisher relation (BTFR) of the SPARC galaxy sample, and the weakness of the correlation of its residuals with effective radius, pose challenges to Λ cold dark matter cosmology. Here in this Letter, we calculate the statistical significance of these results in the framework of halo abundance matching, which imposes a canonical galaxy–halo connection. Taking full account of sample variance among SPARC-like realizations of the parent halo population, we find the scatter in the predicted BTFR to be 3.6σ too high, but the correlation of its residuals with galaxy size to be naturally weak. Furthermore, we find abundance matching to generate BTFR curvature in 3.0σ disagreement with the data, and a fraction of galaxies with non-flat rotation curves somewhat larger than observed.
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  1. Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Kavli Inst. for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Physics Dept.; SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
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Journal Volume: 472; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1745-3925
Royal Astronomical Society
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SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; galaxies: formation; galaxies: fundamental parameters; galaxies: haloes; galaxies: kinematics and dynamics; galaxies: statistics; dark matter
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