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What do the smallest galaxies tell us about dark matter?

Date: Wed. February 11th, 2015, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: Sears 552

What do the smallest galaxies tell us about dark matter?

Matt Walker, Carnegie Mellon University

I will discuss how to translate stellar kinematics observed in the nearest, smallest and and ‘darkest’ galaxies into a test of the standard hypothesis that dark matter consists of ‘cold’ and ‘collisionless’ (i.e., weakly interacting) particles. This model now seems to require that baryon-driven processes (e.g., energetic feedback from supernova explosions) alters the internal structure of galactic dark matter halos systematically with respect to predictions derived from cosmological N-body simulations. I will discuss future work that will let us judge whether such reconciliation is energetically feasible.

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