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Title: The virialization density of peaks with general density profiles under spherical collapse

We calculate the non-linear virialization density, Δ{sub c}, of halos under spherical collapse from peaks with an arbitrary initial and final density profile. This is in contrast to the standard calculation of Δ{sub c} which assumes top-hat profiles. Given our formalism, the non-linear halo density can be calculated once the shape of the initial peak's density profile and the shape of the virialized halo's profile are provided. We solve for Δ{sub c} for halos in an Einstein de-Sitter and a ΛCDM universe. As examples, we consider power-law initial profiles as well as spherically averaged peak profiles calculated from the statistics of a Gaussian random field. We find that, depending on the profiles used, Δ{sub c} is smaller by a factor of a few to as much as a factor of 10 as compared to the density given by the standard calculation ( ≈ 200). Using our results, we show that, for halo finding algorithms that identify halos through an over-density threshold, the halo mass function measured from cosmological simulations can be enhanced at all halo masses by a factor of a few. This difference could be important when using numerical simulations to assess the validity of analytic models of themore » halo mass function.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138 (United States)
  2. Department of Astronomy, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22369864
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2013; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ALGORITHMS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DE SITTER GROUP; DE SITTER SPACE; DENSITY; FUNCTIONS; MASS; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PEAKS; RANDOMNESS; SHAPE; SPHERICAL CONFIGURATION; UNIVERSE